A House resolution requesting the Department of Public Lands to facilitate the land compensation or land exchange for the taking of private property in Chalan Kanoa was introduced yesterday by House floor leader Ralph Demapan (R-Saipan).
House Resolution 18-68 stated that Lot No. 2, Block No. 25 of Chalan Kanoa has been a “nesting ground” for runoff water from higher grounds in the village.
Due to the hazards and problems flooding has posed in the area, the bill proposes that a drainage or ponding location to catch runoff water be built in the area.
Demapan said the flooding has proven especially troublesome to motorists in the intersection in front of LN Market, where floodwaters normally reach more than ankle-deep.
HR 18-68 stated that the land owners are willing to give up the property for the building of a ponding basin to “enhance the area for residents and visitors of Chalan Kanoa and the development of such water catchment will also benefit the many businesses in the area, the William S. Reyes Elementary School and the beaches in Chalan Kanoa as the water catchment will prevent water runoff from flowing into the waters.”