No more hell
Halls Road residents who had expressed frustration that a bushy, dirty canal in their community was serving as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, say they have finally got a measure of relief.
But they are calling on the authorities to ensure that it is not a short-term solution.
Personnel from the National Conservation Commission de-bushed the canal over the weekend, less than two weeks after Barbados TODAY published residents’ complaints that they were living in mosquito hell and their health was being put at risk.
Barbados TODAY understands that the plan now is for the canal to be cleaned every six months. Residents said they were hopeful that will materialize. But they also expressed concern that because there was no clear path for the water to flow in the canal, stagnant water would again build up and provide the perfect conditions for mosquitoes to multiply in their neighbourhood once again.
“I still have problems with the muck buildup . . . The water ain’t moving as fast as it is supposed to, so it will still bring problems with the mosquitoes,” one resident said, suggesting that workers from the Drainage Division be brought in to clean the canal regularly.
Another cautiously optimistic resident was excited to report that, “for the past two nights I could sleep without using my zapper”, and expressed the hope that the previous situation would not reoccur.
When Barbados TODAY visited the area Tuesday, former Member of Parliament for St Michael West Reverend Joseph Atherley was in the community.
He said he was glad the canal had been cleaned, but expressed disappointment that more was not done.
“What [they] have done here is remove some of the bush which should have been done ever since, but obviously some aspects of the cleanup still remain,” Atherley said.