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Work starts on $32m plan to reduce Al Ain flash flooding risk

Abu Dhabi General Services Company and the Al Ain Region Municipality have commenced work on the Al Ain Rainwater Streams project

Work starts on $32m plan to reduce Al Ain flash flooding risk

The project aims to reduce the risk of flash flooding in the 79.4km-long Al Ain, Al Sulaimi and Al Tawayya valleys in Al Ain city. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Abu Dhabi General Services Company, also known as Musanada, and the Al Ain Region Municipality have commenced work on the Al Ain Rainwater Streams project.

Valued at nearly AED119.3 million ($32.4 million), the project aims to reduce the risk of flash flooding in the 79.4km-long Al Ain, Al Sulaimi and Al Tawayya valleys in Al Ain city.

The project will help contain rainwater and streams and reduce the potential risk of flash floods, while keeping up with the continuous urban development, expanding the scope of services of the rainwater stream drainage network, in addition to investing in available water resources, state news agency WAM reported.

Musanada added that the project’s scope of work includes the cleaning and levelling of floors of the three valleys, restoring them to their normal shape to provide a regular stream of water without disruption or sharp runoff, as well as carrying out maintenance work for rock/concrete protection barriers, repairing the damaged ends of bridges, dams and low waterways and protecting and relocating infrastructure services.

The work comes after the Municipality has developed a master plan to study the risks of flooding in the Al Ain, Al Sulaimi and Al Tawayya valleys in Al Ain city and the priority areas for protection from flood risks.

It initiated the project across three main phases. The first phase involved the collection of information, data and statistics related to rain, valleys and dams and the development of topographic surveys that involved studying the average precipitation and location of valleys and dams.

The second phase involved creating a geographic database and a hydraulic model to study the movement of rainwater.

The third phase included engineering solutions.

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