Sierra Madre topog profile key to prevent flash flood

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    CABANATUAN CITY – The city government has sought the assistance of a GIS solutions firm to come up with a fresh topographical survey of the Sierra Madre mountains ranges from where flash flood that claimed lives and properties in Nueva Ecija and other parts of Central Luzon came from This, according to Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara.

    Vergara said on Tuesday he ran to the Certeza Infosys Corp., a company that provides GIS solutions to various industries in the country and abroad after Typhoon Lando last October.

    Based on reports from the local disaster risk reduction management office, the water that came from Sierra Madre mountain cascaded through the municipalities of Gabaldon, Laur, Bongabon, Palayan City, all the way to this highly urbanized city down to downstream areas.

    Vergara said the new topographical survey willgive the city government a complete grasp of the situation and guide to where its resources should go to prevent occurrence of massive flash floods in the future.

    He noted that most of the protective dikes previously built by the government, particularly those in Gabaldon town, were destroyed by the Lando flash flood.

    “The water really came from the mountains,” he said.

    It can be recalled that flash floods wrought havoc here and other parts of Nueva Ecija, Pampanga and Bulacan last week while residents were still trying to cope with the effects of Lando in their livelihood.

    Besides destruction of infrastructure, houses and huge damage to agriculture, Lando reportedly claimed eight lives in Nueva Ecija while Typhoon Nona caused the death of two.

    Vergara said the city government has a huge fleet of heavy equipment to undertake infrastructure with a little help from the national government.

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