Flood control structures being constructed in MacArthur, Leyte to mitigate effects of flooding

To protect the residents of Barangay Burabod from the effects of flooding, DPWH-L2DEO is currently constructing a flood control structure along a portion of the Ibawon River in Mac Arthur, Leyte. Photo: DPWH-8

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) - Leyte Second District Engineering Office (L2DEO) is currently building a flood control structure along a portion of the Ibawon River in Mac Arthur, Leyte, to protect the residents of Barangay Burabod.

The revetment wall, built with gabions and stone masonry works with concrete facing and costing Php 47.039 million, will protect the river banks from destructive floods and erosion.

According to District Engineer Leo Edward Oppura, the DPWH is constructing flood control structures to reduce the effects of flooding, which can cause property damage and endanger the lives of humans and livestock.

"River systems are now a major contributor to severe flooding caused by the inability of lakes, riverbeds, soil, and vegetation to absorb all the water. It runs off into the plains and low-lying areas, putting people in flood-prone areas at risk," he added.

Once completed, these flood mitigation structures will protect approximately 337 Barangay Burabod residents and nearby communities, as well as their properties and sources of income, from potential flooding.

The district office began construction on the project on March 21, 2022, with an expected completion date of November 5, 2022, funded by the DPWH CY-2022 General Appropriations Act. —iTacloban (Source: DPWH-8)
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