DPWH installs 800-meter flood control structure in the coast of Sulat, E. Samar

 
Photo of the 800-meter flood control structure in the coast of Sulat, E. Samar, taken by DPWH-ESDEO.

PRESS RELEASE— The Department of Public Works and Highways-Eastern Samar District Engineering Office (DPWH ESDEO) completed 681.20-meter flood control structure in Brgy. San Isidro, Sulat, Eastern Samar in the prior years and also expected to complete another 144.38 meters this year. This 825.58-meter flood control is protecting the coastal barangay of San Isidro, Sulat, Eastern Samar.

The first 681.20-meter flood control structure is composed of three project contracts of which two contracts were implemented in the year 2018 having length of 88.9 meters and 500.3 meters amounting to Php 9.3-million and Php 46.5-million, respectively, while the third contract was constructed on year 2020 with a length of 92 meters amounting to Php 11.16-million.


The other 144.38 meter of the flood control with a project cost of P 18,617,443.00 is still on-going and slated to be completed on May 20, 2021.

In an interview with Ma. Lourdes Dela Cruz, resident of Brgy. San Isidro, she said that in the absence of the flood control, some of their properties were destroyed by the onslaught of typhoons like “Yolanda”, “Ruby” and “Urduja”. She said that they are always worried during stormy weather because of the impact of the strong waves that came in to their barangay and destroyed their houses.


Dela Cruz is thankful to the DPWH for the newly constructed flood control because it gives them peace of mind as this structure will give them protection and minimize property damage and the possibility of loss of life.

"We are very thankful for this seawall, because it is really a big help for us, the waves don’t come directly to our houses anymore. We also don’t need to evacuate anymore. We feel more secured now,” said Ma. Lourdes Dela Cruz in an interview.


Meanwhile, District Engineer Ma. Margarita C. Junia of DPWH ESDEO said in an interview that more than two hundred households from Barangay San Isidro, Sulat, Eastern Samar benefit the flood control structure which serve as barrier that will protect their lives and properties against strong waves of water during calamities like storm surge and tidal waves.

DE Junia also disclosed that the one of the main purposes of the construction is also to protect the national road to avoid road closure during calamities.

San Isidro, Sulat, Eastern Samar is one of the coastal barangays in Eastern Samar that faces the Pacific Ocean. During the Typhoon Ruby, most of the houses located near the seashore were totally destroyed.
 “With the construction of this 825.58 meters flood control structure, damage to lives and properties during calamities will now be mitigated,” DE Junia said. (DPWH ESDEO)

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