Water interceptor eyed to curb flooding in UST

Posted at 09/11/2012 10:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is constructing a water interceptor in Blumentritt in an effort to prevent flooding in the area.

The water interceptor will block water from high areas and redirect it to Manila Bay.

The water interceptor is expected to be finished in 2 years, according to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino.

“Two years in the making ‘yun eh, hindi kayang ipatayo overnight,” he said.

Floods again hit parts of Metro Manila Monday night due to heavy rains.

Traffic along España Avenue slowed to a crawl and more than a thousand students of the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) had to spend the night at the school.

MMDA met with officials of the DPWH and UST to discuss the flooding problem.

Tolentino said the amount of rainfall simply exceeded the capacity of the drainage system.

“’Yung capacity nu’n hanggang 10 to 15 millimeters lang na rainfall, pero kagabi nag-28.5 tayo, so kailangan talaga i-upgrade itong drainage system,” he said.

The DPWH, meanwhile, said nearly all roads in Manila have already been raised, but not España.

“Ito ang catch basin eh, mababa ito. Mataas ang Quezon City kaya dito bumabagsak sa España,” said Engr. Rogelio Crespo of the North Manila Engineering District.

Authorities also conducted a de-clogging operation to prevent flooding, but de-clogging is only a temporary solution. -- Report from Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News; ANC