Invías to spend US$16mn on La Mojana flood control

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Colombia's national roads authority Invías will spend 30bn pesos (US$16.0mn) this year on a flood control project for the La Mojana region, located between departments Sucre and Bolívar.

The project involves channeling work, erosion control as well as protection on nearby highways, Invías' technical secretary-general, Holbert Corredor, said during a presentation at the BNamericas Andean Infrastructure Summit.

Work is currently 90% complete and is expected to wrap up this year, Corredor said.

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Invías has already allocated contracts worth 217bn pesos for flood control works in La Mojana since they first began in 2003.

The area was badly hit by flooding earlier this year during Colombia's unusually heavy winter, when heavy rains caused the Cauca river to burst its banks in several places.