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Focus on the problems

In your edition of July 23 I saw an article and pictures about flooding in Barbados. I don’t want to sound like a broken record on this matter, but honestly, in my humble opinion, Barbados should have had this problem resolved long ago.

Using old methods when you constantly building more and more homes and offices, and whatever else, you can think to build, off sets the balance of nature even more than it was before. You have to come up with a whole different plan.

Even when I was a boy back in Barbados many years ago there was flooding when you got a good amount of rain. Common sense should therefore tell you that from that period until now, you should have focussed more on the flooding problems than just the building of new structures. I’m sure that the cost of correcting this problem will be high, but the cost of not addressing it could be even higher.

I am quite sure that at some point in time these areas with the heavy flooding are going to cost homeowners pretty high insurance coverage.

Sometimes I wonder how the people who claim to have the interest of Barbados at heart, continues to overlook some of the most important occurrences for so many years.

Looking at the pictures that are a part of the article, all that’s needed now is a few boats and you can call Barbados Little Venice. This isn’t even being funny, because to me the situation is so sad, since it has been going on for so many years.

If you are having this much trouble with the flooding now, then what are you going to do when the real rain starts? My suggestion to the folks who are running things in Barbados is get your priorities straight, correct this flooding problem like yesterday. Make that important investment in getting the problem resolved.

I am quite sure that you know that the people are going to continue to just drop and throw things all over the place without even being bothered about the consequences. Please don’t get me wrong, I am not agreeing with the littering in the first place, but you have to be prepared for this kind of behaviour. Maybe you should start imposing fines for littering and use that money to help with correcting the flooding problems.

— Charles Cadogan

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