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Deluge of debushing

This area near the Lawrence Johnson Roundabout was similarly undergoing work.

This area near the Lawrence Johnson Roundabout was similarly undergoing work.

Barbadians certainly did not need this afternoon’s announcement of the February 21 election date to tell them polling day was just around the corner.

Not when the country’s highways and byways were swarming with an army of men and women in reflective vests removing bush from the sides of the roads like they were at war with everything green.

Well placed Government sources told Barbados TODAY what people were noticing were the almost 500 employees of the Drainage Division of the Ministry of the Environment, who have been deployed to prepare the island for any heavy rains.

According to the source, the army of workers included 175 who were in recent weeks to augment the units 300-odd debushers. A large team has been involved in a major operation that started in the Belle area of St. Michael and has now progressed to Lower Estate.

Teams have also been deployed along the Ermie Bourne Highway in St. Andrew/St. Joseph, between the Grantley Adams International Airport and Wilcox Hill in Christ Church, along the Ronald Mapp Highway stretching from the Lawrence Johnson Roundabout in St. Thomas to Westmoreland in St. James and east of Holetown.

“The workers, particularly the new ones have been doing a tremendous job,” the source said.

The workers have been deployed with a rash of resources that include skid-steer loaders, trucks, string trimmers and lawn mowers.

This island-wide undertaking by the Drainage Division, coupled with regular debushing by the Ministry of Transport and Works, as well as private initiatives such as that by the Barbados Light & Power to protect power lines from overgrown trees today gave the impression of an island is one massive clean operation.

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