MGB-12 pushes construction of flood relief channel in Koronadal City

November 10, 2011 10:48 pm 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Nov. 10 – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Region 12 has recommended the immediate construction of a flood relief channel in Koronadal City to help address the flooding problems in the area.

Jaime Flores, MGB-Region 12's chief geologist, said the local government should prioritize the development of a bypass channel that will prevent the waters of river-tributaries in the area from streaming down to the perennially flooded Bulok Creek, which traverses the city's center.

He said the bypass channel would catch excess waters from Mambucal River down and the upper Bulok Creek and eventually discharge them to the Marbel River.

The proposed facility would also pass through Barangays San Isidro and Sto. Nino Rivers, Flores said.

The official said the presence of the floodway will prevent huge volumes of water from flooding the city proper through the Bulok Creek.

“This is the most effective and doable solution to the problem since we can't just relocate the communities and business established that are located within the creek's immediate environs,” he said.

But Flores earlier admitted that the construction of the bypass channel would require “hundreds of millions,” prompting the city government to seek other options.

The Regional Development Council of Region 12 had endorsed a proposal from the Department of Public Works and Highways for the development of some P45 million worth flood control structures to ease the flooding problems in the area.

The Koronadal City's main commercial district has been experiencing heavy flooding during the last several years due to the over-saturation of the Bulok Creek.

During heavy rains, waters from the Roxas Mountain Range usually land at the Bulok Creek, which drains at the Lake Buluan in Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat. (PNA)



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