Saturday, September 21, 2019

‘Plastic ban eases flooding problem’

FOLLOWING the heavy rains in Metro Cebu in the past few days, flooding was again a problem.

But unlike other areas, inundated streets are now seldom seen in Mandaue City.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) attributed this to the banning of plastic bags in the city.

Felix Suico of CDRRMO said that the people in Mandaue already learned how to recycle plastic bags instead of throwing these into rivers and waterways.

“I think one of the reasons there was no more flooding in Mandaue recently is the strict implementation of the plastic ban ordinance,” he said.

The City Government is also continuously clearing the canals and drainage systems so these won’t clog-up.

Last Thursday, major streets in Cebu City and neighboring areas experienced severe flooding because of the heavy downpour.

According to the Mandaue Public Information Office, though, they got no complaints of flooding from the public.

CDRRMO did not monitor any heavy flooding in Mandaue.

Suico said there were areas where water rose just like in Barangay Tipolo, but it immediately subsided.

At present, the City is focusing on addressing the flooding problem in the relocation site in Barangay Paknaan, considering that it is near the outfall of the Butuanon River.

The City also installed an early warning system in Cambogaong Bridge (which is the boundary of Barangays Paknaan and Umapad), Barangay Casuntingan, Barangay Tingub and Sitio Pulang Bukid in Barangay Alang-alang.

The early warning system includes a rain gauge, a wind speed measurement device, a flooding control level device and a public address system that will be used to tell people when to evacuate. (FMG)
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