The intervention should increase the drainage capacity of rainwater and the protection of the right bank of the Águeda river, and “allow to improve the structural conditions of the network and mitigate the risks of flooding, particularly in the downtown area, a problem that has affected the area over the years on days of great rainfall ”.
The contract has an investment of 1.4 million euros, financed by European funds by 75%.
“With the intervention in progress, we will defend the low flood zone even better, building a system with more capacity to drain rainwater and which flow naturally to the lower part of the city”, declared Jorge Almeida, Mayor of Águeda.
According to the mayor, the work has now started “as a matter of opportunity” to take advantage of the available European funds.
“It is a matter of responsibility to take advantage of the available funding, which makes this work feasible, because alone we would not have the same capacity to carry it out,” he said.
The interventions that are now underway result from a study prepared by Hidra – Hidráulica e Ambiente, in which the problems that were responsible for the floods in the lower area of the city of Águeda were identified.
In addition to the collector network and the new pumping station, tidal valves will be applied, which close whenever the river bed rises, preventing the river water from entering the city through the storm water network.
The works that have already started have a term of execution of 365 days and the municipality will seek to “compromise the circulation in the city to a minimum”.
MSO // JAP