Street level changes planned to address seawater flooding in Birżebbuġa

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Infrastructure Malta is planning to modify the street levels at St George’s Bay in Birżebbuġa to address longstanding flooding problems, with Transport Minister Ian Borg stating that works would start as soon as a procurement process is concluded.

Borg was replying to a parliamentary question by Nationalist Party MP Toni Bezzina, who noted that the works were scheduled to start at the end of September.

The minister highlighted that flooding at the Dawret il-Qalb Imqaddsa area next to St George’s Bay did not only occur in stormy weather, but also as a result of seiches, standing waves which can occur in enclosed or partially-enclosed bodies of water, such as the bay. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that in the area, the streets and buildings are practically at sea level.

Borg said that while a number of proposals had been made to address the issue in the past, these could have potentially endangered nearby structure.

The project – which should cost around €400,000 – will modify street levels and improve the existing water culvert system by adding new culverts and widening existing ones. The pavements will also need to be rebuilt.

Bezzina also asked about the inconveniences which may be caused by works, and the minister highlighted that as is custom, alternative routes will be established in collaboration with Transport Malta to minimise traffic disruption.