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Floodwalls on Suzhou Creek springing leaks

CRACKS have been found in the floodwalls at several spots along Suzhou Creek, allowing water to spring out and flood sidewalks and cause serious safety concerns, the Shanghai Water Authority said yesterday.

The authority said it plans to make a statement today.

The penetration is mainly on the old floodwalls or in areas where the old walls have been joined to newly renovated walls. The problem was exposed when the tide rose, said an official surnamed Zhang of the Shanghai dyke administration.

Zhang said officials had been discussing fixing the floodwalls for the past two weeks.

"We'll find the exact leaking areas and ask the relevant departments to handle them," Zhang said, adding that the likely remedy is to strengthen the walls and seal the cracks.

The leaking along the bank of the creek was tipped by a netizen identified as Bajiusanren on Sunday afternoon.

"I passed Beisuzhou Road yesterday and there was water penetrating out of the walls," he wrote on his microblog at "The worst part was under the Fujian Road Bridge where water sprang out of the sidewalk. The walls were built for only two to three years."

On the section of Beisuzhou Road under the Henan Road Bridge yesterday, a two-finger-wide and 3-meter-high crack could clearly be seen on the floodwall. The crack had been mended with silica gel but it seemed to have cracked again recently. River water kept flowing onto the road through the crack and ended up flowing into the sewers. A large area of the road was wet due to the leak, although the weather was dry.

More water was spotted under the Fujian Road Bridge. The river water was springing out from about a dozen holes in the sidewalk on the riverbank of the creek. The little springs were about 3 to 4 centimeters high and a finger wide.

Similar water penetration was found on Guangfu Road and Wuzhen Road on the north bank of the creek.

"I have to jump while walking to my office," said a security guard of a parking lot near Guangfu Road, whose shift box was above the leaking water.

"The penetration has been here for months," he said.


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