A flood prevention program for Mexican city Villahermosa in Tabasco state is set to receive 98mn pesos (US$8.45mn) this year, local paper El Heraldo reported.
Work includes repairs to 29 suction pumps, installation of drainage systems and the creation of a municipal fund for emergency drainage works.
Guide curves at the Malpaso and Angostura hydroelectric dams have recently lowered, making it a favorable time to carry out drainage works in the area, Jorge Mijangos, local director of national water authority Conagua, was reported as saying by paper Milenio. The guide curve is the amount of water a dam should be storing at each given point in the year.
While rainfall levels over the last few months are still below those in 2010, some areas of Tabasco have been flooded, Mijangos said.