By CHENZI MAY D. UY
March 12, 2020
CALBAYOG CITY – Samar First District Engineering Office (DPWH-SFDEO) has completed the construction of 240-linear-meter flood control structures along Sinidman River in barangay Sinidman Occidental, Calbayog City.
Sinidman Occidental is an identified flood-prone barangay. According to Barangay Captain Romeo P. Olojan, in 2018, super typhoon Usman caused floodwaters to rise up to fifteen (15) feet. Ricefields and close to ninety (90) households in Purok 1 and Purok 2 were severely affected at the time. Moreover, an almost kilometer-long section of Daang Maharlika was flooded, causing travelers on the Calbayog-Catarman route to be stranded.
“When it rains heavily, our barangay is the first to get flooded because all the surface water from the Sinidman Oriental (upland) comes down and overtops our river,” Olojan explained.
The chieftain hopes more such structures will be built along the entire stream so as to eliminate the flooding risk completely.
The P35-million flood control project is part of the GAA 2019 infrastructure program of SFDEO.