Dembaviškės fear flooding: the biggest threat is the drainage ditch

Raises on his feet

The elder of Velžis Andrius Viržaitis revealed that he was especially worried about the possible flood on Monday.

“It simply came to our notice then. It was closed, and the water was very abundant. Understandably, because the ground is frozen, so it has nowhere to absorb. We monitored the water level in the ditch intensively with workers that day. The water went down during the night, so everything ended happily, ”said the elder, adding that the ditch was both a salvation and a problem.

“It is the only place that absorbs the waters of Dembava, but also, apparently, the size of the ditch is not properly calculated, so the ditch sometimes puts us on our feet with such extra cases. Perhaps when the ditch was dug, Dembava was inhabited by fewer people, so that size and depth was enough. Well, now sometimes enough and sometimes not. The water from the ditch flows into the lagoon, so it is always important to make sure that the channel is not clogged with branches or other debris, ”he explained.

Well, when asked about other settlements in the eldership, the elder said there were no such problems elsewhere.

“The Black River is flooded, but there is only agricultural land around it, so there is no danger to the population. The Staniūnai pond holds water well, and Nevėžis, although rising, does not pose a danger either, ”commented A. Viržaitis.

Planned handling works

Antanas Pocius, Deputy Mayor of Panevėžys District Municipality, also confirmed that the Dembava ditch is the cause of most concern in the district.

“It simply came to our notice then. “Workers have been ordered to monitor the water level in the canals and ditches in order to anticipate disasters,” said A. Pocius.

Photo by Rimvydas Ančerevičius / “Your Panevezys” / Drainage ditch in Dembava

Well, when asked if he intends to solve the problem of the Dembava ditch, the deputy mayor revealed that the maintenance works are planned for this year. “Yes, we plan to increase the ditch this year. So far, the trouble is the surrounding plots and their owners. We hope that everything will work out, “he said.


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