Valley seeks tunneling to prevent floods

MEMBERS of the La Trinidad Council is reiterating their request for possible creation of a tunnel at Kesbeng, Poblacion as passage way for excess water during the rainy season to prevent flooding.

Town officials are seeking the help of Hedcor Inc. to fund the project but the run – off river power producer has yet to give their response.

"The local government unit needs a response from the Hedcor Inc. to know if they are interested to fund the project," Councilor Nestor Fongwan Jr. said.

Hedcor's Engr. Gilbert Patacsil during the council’s session said the company will notify La Trinidad if there will be a decision from their end.

Being the catch basin of excess rain water from Baguio City, Fongwan reiterated their call for the immediate response of the company.

Fongwan added the water flow of Balili River is higher than the level of the Bolo Creek during heavy downpour which blocks the down flow causing back flowing resulting to flooded streets and residential areas in the area.

The flooding affects Barangays Balili, Central Pico, Betag, Poblacion, and Puguis.

"If the company undertakes the project, water flow from Balili River will not pass through Bolo Creek anymore. Instead, through the tunnel, it goes out to Bineng river directly to avoid flood, especially during rainy season,” added Fongwan.

In Resolution No. 176-2016, it was cited the LGU lacks the required personnel, equipment and technical capability in conducting the study and moves for the help to the company, since Hedcor have implemented various tunneling projects at their hydro plants in the different parts of Benguet.

Fogwan added with the creation of the tunnel, it will significantly solve the flooding problem in the valley, at the same time, it will also greatly benefit the company as it will generate additional power to run their existing hydro turbines in Barangay Bineng.

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