DAGUPAN CITY – The city government is now working closely with various agencies as flood mitigation activities are currently being conducted in all areas in the city where floodwaters continue to persist.

 Among them include the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), where the agency has recently extended their assistance in clearing and declogging silted esteros and drainage systems on Cuison Road in Barangay Tapuac.

The clean up drive is in conjunction with the dewatering of the creek connecting Calarin, Krystaville Subdivisions and Greenfields where the water has overflowed, causing floodwaters from drainage canals to remain stagnant.

City Engineer Virgina V. Rosario disclosed the need to conduct clean up drives in drainage systems as heavy rains and waters from upstream and different areas brought silt as well as trash that clogged the city’s waterways.

“Even our rivers, including the mouth of the rivers, have constricted because they are silted,” added Rosario.

Aside from these activities, the local government is also conducting talks with concerned agencies such as DPWH, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Dagupan, to help determine the causes of the recent flooding as well as the necessary countermeasures that need to be taken.

Both short-term and long-term solutions for the flooding were studied during the meeting, including the continuous upgrading of roads and drainages, rehabilitation of creeks and waterways, establishment of pumping stations and floodgates, reinforcement of dikes in the city and many others.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez disclosed her plans to elevate most, if not all roads, drainage systems and areas in the city as means of preventing another extreme flooding.

This after Dagupan City, a catch basin of water from upstream, was hit by two extreme flooding in less than a month due to several factors including high tide, heavy monsoon rains and floodwaters coming from upstream and other areas that submerged most parts of the city.

The local government is now preparing for a roundtable discussion with the business sector and barangay officials regarding their concerns and suggestions for possible solutions for the flood. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)