Flooding raises concerns about spread of dengue

These vehicles make their way through the flooded St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church.
These vehicles make their way through the flooded St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church.

One and a half hours of heavy rain today transformed Dover, Christ Church, into one marsh-land and a breeding ground for mosquitoes, forcing residents to express concern over the spread of dengue fever.

When a Barbados TODAY team visited the area, large pools of water had settled in all of the avenues, with knee-high water settling in 1st Avenue Dover Gardens.

One concerned resident who has been living in the area for the past 28 years told this newspaper that she feared an outbreak of dengue fever if the flooding in the area was not corrected.

The resident pointed out there has been flooding in the area for the past 10 years and suggested that something should be done to correct the problem which affects businesses in the area.

These vehicles make their way through the flood water on Jemmotts Lane.
These vehicles make their way through the flood water on Jemmotts Lane.

“I have spoken to the officer in charge of environmental health for the southern district about flooding in the area. I have even taken mosquitoes to him to draw his attention to the problem. There is a well in the area that has not been draining off the water in the area for a long time. Visitors staying in this up-market area have to walk through flooded streets everyday. I worry about the children who live in the house at the corner of 1st Avenue Dover Gardens where the water settles. It is insane what is going on in Dover. I know many people in Dover who had dengue fever” the resident said.

That person also told Barbados TODAY that over 80 per cent of the accommodation on the south coast is expensive, yet visitors staying at such nearby hotels have to wade through water when rain fell.

She also complained that other residents suffer from the effects of flooding and maintained that in addition to government’s ban on smoking in public places and the upsurge in crime could destroy the tourism industry.

This lady makes her way through knee-high flood water at 1st Avenue, Dover Gardens.
This lady makes her way through knee-high flood water at 1st Avenue, Dover Gardens.
Motorists were forced to navigate the flood water that had settled on the streets.
Motorists were forced to navigate the flood water that had settled on the streets.

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