In order to improve the drainage capacity of Kai Tak River and to mitigate flooding risk to surrounding areas, the Drainage Services Department is carrying out improvement works at the upstream and midstream sections of Kai Tak River. The improvement works at these section of the River commenced in October 2011 and December 2013 respectively, for completion in end of 2017.
This Newsletter provides you with information on latest progress of the main construction works, recent public engagement activities and other relevant information of the projects.
Black Rainstorm on 19 October 2016
On 19 October 2016, the Hong Kong Observatory issued the Black Rainstorm Warning Signal. Flooding incidents were reported in various locations of the Hong Kong Island. However, flooding did not occur at Kai Tak River and Choi Hung Road as it usually did during past Black Rainstorm events. This is attributed to the effect of partial completion of the Kai Tak River improvement projects. By making use of the recently completed box culvert section, the drainage capacity of Kai Tak River has been increased. Furthermore, we have implemented a series of flood preventive measures which are shown below:
- Provision off cut-off drains
- Emergency Team
- Cleansing of the gullies
- Provision of sand bags
- Flooding Alert Message
Construction of box culvert to the north of Shatin Pass Road and to the south of Tai Shing Street is being carried out for completion in the second quarter of 2017. By then, the new section of box culvert will be connected to the previous completed section to form a total of approximate 350 meters long box culvert for operation in the wet season this year. At the same time, nullah deepening works at the river sections near Lower Wong Tai Sin Estate, Morse Park (Park No.1) and Yuk Kwan Street are ongoing. The drainage capacity of Kai Tak River will be further improved upon the completion of these works.
Construction of Box Culvert near Wong Tai Sin Police Station
River Deepening Works near Lower Wong Tai Sin Estate/Kai Tak Garden
River Deepening Works near Morse Park (Park No.1)
Morse Park (Park No.1)
Removal of fencing for enlarging planting area.
Completed resurfacing works of jogging track.
Greening and Landscaping Elements
In addition to enhancing the drainage capacity of Kai Tak River, we will introduce various greening and ecological elements to transform the waterway into a green and pleasant river corridor in urban area. We will install imitated rock at the river wall and plant different vegetation species alongside the river in order to create the greening and natural scenes of Kai Tak River.
To revitalize Kai Tak River, various planting species would be planted at suitable locations (e.g. imitated natural rocks) along the river. Moreover, draping plants would be planted in roadside planters, which could revitalize the river and create a unique and thematic scenes of Kai Tak River.
We continue to maintain close relationship with the public and local stakeholders to keep them abreast of information about the projects.
1. Publicity boards
Publicity boards have been installed at suitable places along Kai Tak River for presenting the background and progress of works of the Kai Tak River improvement projects.
2. Open Days of Drainage Services Department
Open Days of the Drainage Services Department were held at Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works on 15th and 16th of October 2016. The site team took part in this event to introduce details of the Kai Tak River improvement projects to the public through display panels, model exhibition and game booths.