Jeddah prepares integrated plan to deal with rains, floods
An official source said the plan includes the designation of 15 locations in various parts of the city to accommodate citizens who may be displaced
In collaboration with other concerned government departments, Jeddah Municipality has prepared an integrated plan to deal with heavy rains or floods in the city.
Benefiting from the experience gathered from the floods that hit the city in 2009 and 2011, an official source said the plan includes the designation of 15 locations in various parts of the city to accommodate citizens who may be displaced.
The official, who did not want to be identified, said the plan focuses on the quick draining of water accumulated at intersections, main streets and empty squares.
The plan will also deal with the possible health hazards that may be caused by stagnant water.
The municipality will also immediately correct any mistakes made by contractors while digging or asphalting roads.
Under the plan, the municipality will set up an operation room consisting of liaison officers and technicians to deal with the rain and floods.
It will also sign contracts with five cleaning companies to pump out rain water from the city’s streets.
The municipality will have an emergency team consisting of technicians who will assess the effects of rains on the roads and fix any problems on the spot.
The team will also monitor construction companies to make sure that they abide by regulations, including the establishment of canals to drain rain water.
Within its efforts to deal with the hazards of heavy rains and floods, the municipality will liaise with the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME), the Civil Defense, traffic police, the Ministry of Water and Electricity, National Water Company and the Ministry of Transport.
The plan includes a timetable to clear main streets of water within 24 hours. Water will be removed from internal streets within 48 hours and in 72 hours from empty squares.
This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014.