Help coming for flood-prone St Peter communities

Government is actively looking to address the drainage situation at Gills Terrace and the surrounding districts in St Peter.

This assurance was given during a walk through on Saturday by Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite; Minister of Housing Denis Kellman; and Director of the Department of Emergency Management Kerri Hinds.

Residents of the rural communities have been battling with a canal that floods their homes whenever there is a heavy downpour. The problem goes back to the 80s.

Speaking with members of the media, Brathwaite said that an urgent solution was needed.

“Those residents who we visited who are in need of immediate assistance, where we have been able to, we have found solutions for them; most of them need long term solutions so we are going to have to send in our team from Rural and Welfare and make a determination as to how we render assistance in the long term,” he said.

However, of particular concern to the Home Affairs Minister was the amount of garbage in the canal.

“This is not a new thing, I cannot help but beg Barbadians as a whole that rather than throw garbage into every canal that you can . . . think in terms of the risk to lives that can occur as a result of your indiscriminate dumping,” he said.

“It is not a case of harsher penalties, I think we really just need to catch a few people and charge them and convict them.”

Meanwhile, Kellman promised swift action by Government to try to correct the problem.

He told reporters that about two weeks ago he took a paper to Cabinet which dealt with the acquisition of the land and this was approved.

“So now that it has passed Cabinet, I will try to get the Leader of Government Business to put it on the agenda for the first sitting in September. We must do it, we have spoken enough about it and it is time for action and that is why we are here today to bring some action to see if we solve it once and for all,” he said.

10 Responses to Help coming for flood-prone St Peter communities

  1. Jennifer August 20, 2017 at 8:46 am

    “The problem goes back to the 80s.” Wow. God help us. That says a lot. They always seem to know what is needed but never able to address it until………… We really need to pray that no real disaster happens in this place.

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  2. John Everatt August 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    This issue will clearly require the services of a consultant who will then need to select the academics to do a study. In order to interpret the study we will need a special committee who will then need to submit a report on their findings. Once the permanent secretary has read the findings of the committee he will need to pass it along to the minister who will then bring it to the attention of cabinet for their consideration. Should the MoF be so inclined he could submit a special request for financing for the project. Once this has come to a successful conclusion the project can be put up for tender. The winning bidder will then be vetted to be sure he has the qualifications to do the job correctly. This will require another committee who specializes in vetting these types of companies. The process will then start again with the selection of this new committee.

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    • Jennifer August 20, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Hahahahaha, surprised you didn’t throw inquiry based learning up in there too. Now this is what I call critical thinking and analysis.

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    • Leroy August 21, 2017 at 9:29 am

      lol, a good laugh.

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  3. Anthony Prescott August 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I suppose better late than never, but nearly 30 years…… no hope for anything else then, 🙂

    Like another citizen suggested, it would be quicker for people to band together and do it ourselves !!

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  4. Greengiant August 20, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I would only add this bit. Since Owen Arthur, won the St. Peter seat, and was PM of this country, had this process been started it certainly would have been completed by now regardless of how many committees it would have to pass through.

    This is an example of how similar both parties are, and indeed all politicians are too. I’m sure these people have experienced this on several occasions, they voted for a representative, who then became PM, has left office, still represents them, but decades later the same social plight. Still vulnerable to the forces of nature. Can you D L P and B L P supporters who come here trying to convince us there is some micro analysis that separate your parties tell us what’s the difference please?

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    • Jennifer August 20, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      Well you can forget about trying to get the gullible and water fowls to see any of what you are saying.

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  5. Mac10 August 21, 2017 at 6:08 am

    If you want to help with illegal dumping, set up areas with skips in every district where people can dump unwanted items & empty those skips weekly.

    Catching people is a difficult & haphazard enterprise. Work with communities to work the problem, the likelihood of sucess will be significantly increases.

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  6. Mac10 August 21, 2017 at 6:08 am

    If you want to help with illegal dumping, set up areas with skips in every district where people can dump unwanted items & empty those skips weekly.

    Catching people is a difficult & haphazard enterprise. Work with communities to work the problem, the likelihood of sucess will be significantly increased.

    Reply
  7. Alex Alleyne August 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    With those 2 Ministers , the people up north must take what is being said “with a pinch of salt”.

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