USACE awards Puerto Rico-based BIM $1.7M contract to build levee
SAN JUAN – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced Friday that it awarded a $1.68 million emergency contract to a Puerto Rico company to build a temporary levee in Yauco as part of its recovery efforts associated with Hurricane María.
The contract was awarded to Guaynabo-based BIM Contractors LLC. It calls for construction of a temporary levee along a portion of Yauco River to reduce flood risks for people living and working around the municipality of Yauco. Communities and farmlands near the river, including roadways, a police station and recreational facilities, were severely damaged by flooding caused by Hurricane Maria in September.
USACE anticipates “substantial portions of the levee construction to be completed within three weeks,” the agency said in a statement.
“This is important work for the people of Yauco,” said Alexander Walker-Rodríguez, Jacksonville District deputy commander for the Antilles. “The contract calls for constructing a temporary levee along a portion of the river’s south bank that had eroded away. This will help reduce flood risk in the area.”
USACE has 25 mission assignments from FEMA to provide assistance in Puerto Rico that included providing temporary power, power repair, temporary roofing, debris removal and technical assistance, and infrastructure assessment. USACE experts have inspected 17 priority dams.
While this levee construction is not a FEMA-assigned mission, the project will help in the overall effort to restore critical infrastructure on the island, the Corps said.