Aklan Bridge closed as floodwaters eroded its foundation amid Paeng onslaught – Manila Bulletin

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Aklan Bridge was closed as floodwaters eroded its foundation amid Paeng’s assault

CITY OF ILOILO — The Department of Public Works and Highways has closed a major bridge linking Aklan to a nearby town in Numancia after finding a hole in its foundation caused by massive flooding caused by rain from Typhoon Paeng.

The Kalibo bridge in Aklan province was closed on Friday October 28 after a large hole was discovered. According to DPWH-Aklan, the ground below the approach to the bridge eroded due to the strong current of flood water. (Courtesy of Romar Sadsad)

“Due to the damage caused by Typhoon ‘Paeng’ approaching from the Kalibo (Numancia) side of the bridge, the bridge is temporarily closed,” DPWH said in a notice today (October 28).

“Motorists and the public are advised to use the Kalibo II Bridge for now,” DPWH-6 added.

Meanwhile, PAGASA placed Aklan Province under Storm Signal #1 due to Typhoon ‘Paeng’ on Friday afternoon.

Since Thursday (October 27), water from the Aklan River has overflowed and caused flooding in both towns.

Engineer Joey Ureta, Division Manager of DPWH-Aklan, told Radyo Todo Aklan that the ground under the approach to the old bridge had eroded due to the strong current of flood waters.

The new bridge is adjacent to the old bridge, which is one of the old routes to and from the famous island of Boracay in the Malay city.

Several other towns in Aklan province were submerged by floodwaters.

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