May 15, 2021

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National Guard will begin cleaning works on the Yagüez river | government

Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced indicated this afternoon that the National Guard of Puerto Rico is ready to start mitigation work in the Yagüez river basin, in a mission to support the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DRNA) in conjunction with the municipality of Mayagüez.

“During the passage of tropical storm Isaías, we saw how hundreds of families were affected by the rise of the Yagüez river, due to the constant rains that fell in the area. Added to this is the amount of sediment, debris and vegetation that passes through the river basin that crosses the city of Mayagüez, so I am pleased that the National Guard has informed us that they are ready to begin cleaning work, "he said. the first executive.

The Adjutant General of the National Guard, José J. Reyes indicated that “the work consists of cleaning the area, which would greatly help the river water to remain in its channel during moments of heavy rain. "

According to what he said, some 38 National Guard soldiers will be immersed in this project that will last 60 days.

" Tomorrow, Thursday, the team will move to Mayagüez to begin work on Friday "Reyes added.

DRNA data indicates that this project is expected to dredge approximately 88,283 cubic yards of sediment and debris in a work area 9,820.8 feet long, 436.35 feet wide, or 17 .05 acres.

Work will begin at the height of the Balboa Street Bridge and will end in the area of ​​the PR102 South Highway Bridge and 492 feet upstream from the mouth of the Yagüez River

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