The city of Villahermosa in Tabasco Mexico added a W&S Wolverine dredge from DSC Dredge LLC to its flood-prevention arsenal. In 2007 the city experienced a devastating flood. Since then the federal and state governments with the assistance of private industry launched a program designed to help prevent future flooding in and around Villahermosa.
This flood prevention program addresses three main areas — the deepening and clearing of the five-plus rivers that converge near the city; new regulations requiring that low-lying areas be filled in and new building construction be above the designated flood stage; and a highway construction program that improves transportation in and around the city. All three program areas require the use of hydraulic dredges.
Dredging the rivers will increase their holding capacities and flow rates while the sand and other materials removed from the rivers will be used as fill for low-lying areas and as needed for building and highway construction programs.