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SDEV inspects DSD measures in response to typhoon threat (Date: 1 Aug 2016)
The Secretary for Development, Mr Paul Chan, today (August 1) inspected the underground stormwater storage tank and related facilities at the Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme of the Drainage Services Department (DSD) to learn more about the flood prevention measures undertaken by the department in response to the threat of Typhoon Nida to Hong Kong.

Mr Chan received a report from the Director of Drainage Services, Mr Edwin Tong, on the progress of the Scheme. The DSD commenced the Scheme in September 2012 to alleviate the flood risk in the Happy Valley and Wan Chai areas. The project is divided into two phases. Phase 1 of the underground stormwater storage tank has been in operation since March 2015. Phase 2 is under way and is expected to be completed before the rainy season in 2017.

Mr Chan learnt that to get prepared for Typhoon Nida and the high tides, the DSD has deployed staff to areas susceptible to storm surges, including Tai O, Praya Road in Lei Yue Mun, Kar Wo Lei in Tuen Mun and other coastal low-lying areas, to implement precautionary measures to reduce the risk of flooding. The DSD will implement emergency flood relief measures at relevant locations immediately once storm surge alerts are issued by the Hong Kong Observatory. Furthermore, it will activate the Emergency Control Centre when Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 is in force or under inclement weather to strengthen its manpower in handling flooding reports. Contractors will stand by in flood-prone areas to handle flooding incidents in a timely manner.

He urged members of the public to stay alert to the changing weather conditions. They are advised to report any flooding that comes to their notice to the DSD by calling its 24-hour drainage hotline at 2300 1110.

The relevant article was published in HKSAR Government Press Releases and is available at the links below:
http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201608/01/P2016080100963.htm

The Secretary for Development, Mr Paul Chan, inspected the underground stormwater storage tank and related facilities at the Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme of the Drainage Services Department (DSD). Picture shows Mr Chan (first right) being briefed by the Director of Drainage Services, Mr Edwin Tong (second right) on the DSD's flood prevention measures in response to the threat of Typhoon Nida to Hong Kong.

The Secretary for Development, Mr Paul Chan (second left), learns about the progress of the Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme from the Director of Drainage Services, Mr Edwin Tong (first left), and Senior Engineer (Drainage Projects), Ms Ellen Cheng (second right).

The Secretary for Development, Mr Paul Chan (second right); the Political Assistant to Secretary for Development, Mr Allen Fung (centre); the Director of Drainage Services, Mr Edwin Tong (second left); and the Assistant Director (Operations and Maintenance), Mr Fedrick Kan (first left), are briefed on the works progress of the Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme by the Chief Engineer (Drainage Projects), Mr Kan Hon-shing (first right).



Staff of the Drainage Services Department's contractor install flood barriers on the Tai O river wall.



Aluminium barriers can resist flooding and typhoons.

 

 
 
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