Rocky outcrop will be removed from the Carmo riverbed in six locations
Prevention actions for the rainy season have begun in Barra Longa, Minas Gerais. After an analysis conducted by Golder Associates Brazil Consultancy and Projects Ltd., in March 2016, rocky outcrops will be removed from the Carmo riverbed in six locations. The work is done to improve the degree against flooding of properties in town.
Giorgio Peixoto, representative of the Agroforestry Operations front, explains the action. Holes are drilled in the rocks and then expansive mortar is applied, making it possible to break them. After breaking, the fragments are collected and deposited on the riverbanks.
“The purpose of this removal is to minimize flooding, as it will open up space for water to be directed into the river channel, avoiding sediment build-up and water diversion to the margins.” Giorgio also clarifies that the material originating from these outcrops used for the margins, will function as protection to avoid erosions. The work is expected to be completed in March 2018.