DUMAGUETE CITY, July 12 – Dumaguete Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova has asked the Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) for assistance in helping find solutions to address the perennial problem of flooding in the city.
The vice mayor said he sent the letter Tuesday to outgoing president Dr. Henry Sojor for a community outreach program for a general assessment of the city, starting with Barangay Banilad.
The move comes following Sunday’s unexpected flooding in some areas in the city, more particularly Banilad, where a creek had overflowed into fields and rendering spillways impassable, thus, leaving motorists and other people stranded for a few hours.
Cordova said he has asked the NORSU to conduct an assessment on the public drainage system, potential areas of flooding, develop an early warning system and other disaster mitigation measures.
The vice mayor had immediately deployed Monday heavy equipment to the road in Banilad leading from the national highway to the interior portion where debris carried downstream by the floodwater had clogged up drainage canals.
Cordova was acting mayor at the time of the incident while Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria was on an official travel overseas.
Personally supervising the city’s disaster response teams on Sunday, Cordova expressed surprise after seeing firsthand how the spillways in upper Banilad had overflowed after the creek changed its course.
According to Cordova, his attention was called by a resident in Banilad, Dino Ramacho of NORSU, that flooding in that area was recurrent but has never been fully addressed by barangay and city officials.
During a meeting several months back among residents, the barangay captain and officials of Banilad, city engineers and City Hall representatives, it was agreed that a survey be done to determine the cause of the flooding and possible mitigating measures.
Ramacho had then, in that meeting, offered that NORSU geodetic engineers can help the city government conduct the survey in Banilad and in adjacent barangays where the creek cuts across. (PNA) LAP/JFP