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Southeastern Brazil's São Paulo state water and electricity department DAEE has hired local construction firm FBS Construção Civil e Pavimentação to carry out a 38.9mn-real (US$20.8mn) flood control project in the city of Franco da Rocha, a DAEE spokesperson told BNamericas.
Work entails building a polder system or low areas of land enclosed by dikes along the banks of the Juqueri and Ribeirão rivers.
"The system will be equipped with reservation tanks and pumps that will drain accumulated rain water," the spokesperson said, adding that work should be completed by August.
Governor Geraldo Alckmin will officially kick off work on the project on Thursday (Dec 29).
DAEE falls under the state's sanitation and water resources department.