Ashghal has carried out regular cleaning of some 45,000 rainwater drainage networks to prevent water-logging and yet the problem remains in several areas two days after intermittent rains.
The Public Works Authority said in a statement yesterday the cleaning of storm water or rainwater drainage manholes in “vulnerable” subways prevented water-logging in these locations.
There were problems due to water-logging in a subway on Salwa Road during rains last year.
Ashghal said it carried out cleaning works in coordination with municipal authorities and the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCDA) Centre.
All pumping stations were linked to SCADA as part of efforts to develop an early warning system for emergencies or disaster management.
Before rains led to water-logging and flooding in several areas in and out of the city, Ashghal said it had tested the readiness of all pumping stations (installed at several vulnerable spots), rainwater networks, manholes and pipes connected to subways.
In areas that lack proper infrastructure, roads vulnerable to water-logging were identified to tackle emergencies.
“This helped reduce the problem of water-logging in these areas,” Ashghal said in the release. “Our integrated plan for the rainy season 2014-15 was a success.”
However, some people rejected the claims and said hollow tankers were still seen in several areas pumping rain water yesterday.
In the Industrial Area, for instance, tankers could be seen busy pumping water accumulated on a road early last evening.
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