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Agencies Conduct Drill Highlighting Evacuation of Riverside Facilities

With the start of flood season, the Hydraulic Engineering Office (HEO) will be conducting facility evacuation drills at Dajia Riverside Park, Chengmei Riverside Park South, and Meiti Riverside Park between May 31 and June 2.

The objective of the exercise is to familiarize city staff with the procedure of evacuating facilities in the case of flooding, to ensure the minimal impact of typhoons and flashfloods upon removable structures.

According to HEO, regulations such as the Water Act and the Regulations on River Management mandate that wharfs, restrooms, and other non-fixed facilities should be removed at periods when sea and land typhoon advisories for Northern Taiwan have been issued.

To ensure that the drills reflect the procedures accurately, the agency worked with contracted firms to bring in machineries such as cranes and vehicles to dismantle facilities, demonstrating the expertise of these companies in their respective fields.

To ensure the safety of the public, HEO reminds visitors at the riverside parks not to enter areas reserved for the drill and marked by the “restricted area – no entry” signs. During the period of the drill, the Blue Highway ferries serving rides along Keelung River and Tamsui River will be suspended as well.