The National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (Indrhi) began work on the adaptation and protection of the Maguá River and several streams that after the passage of storms caused flooding in the northern area of Hato Mayor, creating serious problems for residents of the place and risking their lives.
The state agency carries out the work in coordination with the Provincial Government, the National Housing Institute (Invi), the Ministry of Public Works and Communications (MOPC) and the Municipal City Council.
During the ceremony that formally opened the work, held in the Gualey sector, the executive director of Indrhi, Olmedo Caba Romano, stressed that the work is carried out jointly and that they were ordered by President Luis Abinader, who was inspecting the place after the passage of storm Isaías, assuring residents that during his government they would have a definitive solution to the problem, the entity said in a press release.
He explained that the works consist of the adaptation of 2.5 kilometers of the Maguá River, the protection of its banks with gabion walls and fillings, and the adaptation of the Zacarías ravine in a length of 1.5 kilometers, with filling of walls and protection of gabions. and its detour in the La China area to the Maguá River, to prevent its waters from flowing through the urban area.
Work will also be done on the adaptation of the channel of the Jíbaro I and Jíbaro II streams, in a length of 2.7 kilometers, and of the Paña – Paña stream, in a length of 1.5 kilometers, in the construction of four box culverts, in two vehicular crossings and in the rehabilitation of two siphons.
He informed that RD $ 90 million will be invested in the works.
The sectors that will benefit from the adaptation of the Maguá River and the streams that provide flow to it are Gualey, Los Cocos, Barriola, La Javilla, Callejón Colón and Los Genao. Meanwhile, the works in the Paña – Paña ravine will benefit residents in the La Franja, Villa Ortega, Ondina, Villa Gando, La Guama, Barrio Puerto Rico, La China, Villa Navarro and Villa Plata sectors.
Present at the activity were the provincial governor, Julia Mery Vásquez; the mayor Amado de la Cruz, the deputy director of Social Policies of the Invi, Ney García; the deputy Santiago Vilorio, and the president of the Gualey Neighborhood Council, Israel Gómez, among others.
The words of welcome were given by the governor, who confirmed that President Abinader will not abandon any of the affected families to their fate and thanked Indrhi for the work they had started.
Meanwhile, the mayor brought a message of tranquility to the residents; The representative of the Invi said that what is being done will positively benefit each family, while the representative of the neighborhood council stressed that it is the first time in history that they have seen the demand for the intervention of the Maguá river become a reality so that do not pose a danger to families living in your vicinity.
After finishing the event, a tour was made of some of the points where the work had already begun and others that will be intervened.