The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved Tuesday $2.78 million for the second phase of the Kannat Tabla flood control and drainage project under the CNMI Department of Public Works.
“Since Typhoon Soudelor, we have been prioritizing mitigation projects to effectively prepare against natural disasters and emergencies. This particular mitigation project will eliminate, reduce, and effectively control flash floods and erosion in Kannat Tabla,” said Gov. Ralph DLG Torres. “The project will collect stormwater runoff from the road and convey it to the existing quarry where it is expected to infiltrate. This is part of our ongoing efforts to fix many of our roads such as Kannat Tabla so that they don’t become hazards during or after a typhoon or tropical storm.”
The project includes building a four-foot wide concrete swale to collect runoff and installing drainage pipes under the road. A series of catch basins will be installed to direct flows from the road into the drainage pipe, relocate some power poles, remove some vegetation, and adjust water lines.
The result of the project is to mitigate floods, erosion and runoff by building a sizable drainage system and other structures to divert the water to the quarry site, said Virginia Villagomez, the Governor’s authorized representative. (PR)