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City of Chetumal undergoing surge drain revamp ahead of official rainy season

Chetumal, Q.R. — The city of Chetumal is undergoing a major overhaul of its surge drains. At least 14 will be revamped to allow for proper road drainage during heavy rains.

The government of Quintana Roo, through the Ministry of Public Works (Seop), began the project earlier this week. They reported the revamping of the drains as a first stage in the first square of the city.

“In order to advance in the transformation and settle old demands of the population, in this stage of the program, 14 surge drains will be attended to in the first square of the city, which will be reflected in an area of 338.48 square meters,” the Secretary of Public Works, Irazú Sarabia explained.

Due to major road flooding during heavy storms, the project will include the cutting and excavation of material. The goal is to till the soil deep in order to make it more permeable.

Once complete, Sarabia says it will be filled with stone, forming a transition layer between the stone and the hydraulic base and then repaved. The constant overflowing of roadways have caused some to collapse.

“Each of the area depths has its particularity. Not all are the same since the subsoil is very different so that means the attention to each area will be somewhat personalized,” he said.

Governor Mara Lezama also addressed the long overdue issue. “In response to the requests of the Chetumal residents, we started with the Attention to Desfondes program to solve the significant number of collapses in the avenues of Chetumal. We will continue working together with Seop Qunitana Roo to continue transforming and returning shine to our capital.”