Floods ruin P5M worth of infra in Bacong
by Rachelle M. Nessia
Dumaguete City (12 February) -- Floods that surged across parts of Negros Oriental have wrecked infrastructure in Bacong town with damages pegged at a total of P5 million.
The floods brought on by more than a day of relentless rain on February 7 caused "heavy devastation" in Brgy. Sacsac, Bacong town as a 14-meter in length stretch of the Dumaguete South Road collapsed under the battery of heavy downpour.
The collapse came after the unrelenting rain damaged the deep-lined canals, eroded the concrete curbs, guardrails and road shoulders in the said area, according to a calamity report as of February 9 submitted by Engineer Aramis Torrefranca, officer in charge of the 3rd Engineering District of the Department of Public Works and Highways here.
Torrefranca in the same report said that one lane had to be closed to traffic on Monday morning, but was opened for all vehicles later in the afternoon.
The said road is now passable while DPWH is continuing its repair, said Engr. Torrefranca.
A road maintenance crew from the public works office here is hauling boulders and backfill materials and cleaning debris-clogged drainage canals in the said area while plastic road barriers and warning signs have also been put in place.
He is also recommending the construction of a river control around the damaged area to prevent further flooding. "This will cost around P8 million," he said.
Drainage canals in Brgy. Banilad also in Bacong town were filled up with silt materials as floodwaters traversed the road carrying with it debris.
Torrefranca confirmed that only Bacong town sustained major infrastructure ruins from the floods in the third district as damage in other areas in the district are minimal.
Initial reports given by the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council here indicated that Okoy River dike in Valencia also collapsed while roads in Barangays Sagbang, Balili, Caidiocan, Puhagan and Malaunay were impassable due to landslides.
Bridges and river dikes in San Jose were also reported to have toppled down from the said floods.
The heavy rain that swept across major parts of the province left five people dead and three missing as more than 400 houses were swept away and hundreds of residents evacuated to seek refuge from the deluge of rising water. (PIA/rmn) [top]