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DPW cobbles solution to flash flooding problem

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If you've passed through Tumon during the past two storms, it may have left you inundated with concerns.  In response, the local government is addressing the issue of flooding in Pleasure Island.

"The last storm we had was a 12" or 13" storm, within 24 hours or within 2 days that's still a lot of rain 238 more rain than we've actually ever planned for, so there would be flooding," said Glenn Leon Guerrero, director of the Department of Public Works. When Tropical Storm Goni passed near Guam recently, flash flooding was one of the biggest issues facing island residents.

Leon Guerrero says his agency is working to address the issue by cleaning a calcification of the Tumon Storm Water Drain as well as looking to expand the Fujita Ponding Basin. "I've already talked to GVB they're still on board and they want to move this as fast as they can. It's not an emergency procurement but we're going to expedite it as fast as we can to go out to bid and have a contractor come in to do the rest of the storm water drain from Sandcastle all the way to the Fujita Ponding Basin," he explained.

The first contract to clear the drain was awarded to Maeda, but due to budget limitations the company only cleaned the first half of the drain. DPW will have to undergo a new procurement process to complete the project.

Meanwhile contractor Stanley Engineering has recommended the Fujita Ponding Basin be widened, and inlets added in order to collect storm water faster and prevent flash flooding. "And then they're also recommending to install a wear, which is some sort of filter before the water goes out, and then they have a canal that goes all the way to Tumon Bay," said Leon Guerrero.

$11 million through the HOT Bond has been set aside for the project. Leon Guerrero says these two steps will help address flooding in Tumon, but may prove controversial considering the expanded basin allows for storm water to drain directly into Tumon Lagoon. He says his department will continue to look at all available options when moving forward.

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