Villahermosa Flood Control Project Relies on Wolverine Dredge

After a major flood in 2007, the Mexican city, with help from private industry and federal and state governments, has been clearing several rivers with hydraulic dredges.

The city of Villahermosa in the state of Tabasco, Mexico, recently added a W&S Wolverine dredge from DSC Dredge, LLC to its flood prevention arsenal, the company announced.

The dredge is being used in flood control projects launched after a major2007 flood. Federal and state governments, with the assistance of private industry, then began a program designed to prevent future flooding in and around the city. It is deepening and clearing more than five rivers that converge near the city, includes new regulations requiring low-lying areas to be filled in and new building construction to be above the designated flood stage, as well as a highway construction program that improves transportation.

All three program areas require the use of hydraulic dredges.

The Wolverine dredge, owned by Gerardo and Fernando Turriza, is being leased by Comercializadora y Agregadol la Ceiba S.A. de C.V and was placed in operation at Rio De La Sierra in March 2013. The 68-foot-long dredge, powered by a 440-horsepower Caterpillar C13 ACERT diesel engine, can dredge up to 25 feet below the surface and offers a 10-inch discharge configuration, which allows particle clearance of up to 6 inches.

It is performing well, as are several other W&S dredges working in and around Villahermosa, but more are needed. The company said rivers and lakes will provide millions of cubic yards of sand and fill for many safety and building projects planned in the area.

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