Residents of Bagatelle concerned that flooding is getting out of hand

Residents of Bagatelle Terrace, St Thomas are again appealing to the authorities to come to their rescue following yesterday’s heavy rains that left sections of the community under water.

By this afternoon, much of the raging water had receded, but 69-year-old Winnie Griffith, who has been living in the area for over 25 years, expressed concern that the perennial flooding was a tragedy waiting to happen.

“We have been complaining for years now. It’s horrible when we have rain. I used to keep kitchen gardens in my backyard and I can’t do that anymore, because when the water comes over, all of my things get washed away, so I had to stop that,” she said, while accusing the authorities of turning a blind eye to the situation.

This section of Bagatelle, St Thomas was inundated with water yesterday.

“We all feel neglected, we are suffering. Yesterday was the worst. I thought the children and man who were in the water would have died. The water was just too high. Not even the fire truck could get up here,” Griffith reported, while describing the latest flooding episode as simply unbearable.

Griffith, who is a regular contributor to local call-in radio, further lamented that despite promises, nothing had been done to ameliorate her community’s plight.

“We heard that money was allocated to fix around here, [but] believe you me, it hasn’t been done. I called and I cried. Every time it rains I have to go on VOB and beg people not come along here. [But] don’t care how you complain, nothing is being done for us,” she said.

“They [the authorities] don’t care. I feel they look after their family and friends, but not the ordinary man who is paying their taxes,” the frustrated resident said.

While expressing concern that death could result from the constant heavy flooding, she reported that “last year I saved a man from drowning.

“I had to pull him from the force of the water. When I got him, I thought he was dead. He didn’t know where he was [and] I am afraid that somebody will drown up here if we have rains like what Dominica [experienced during the passage of Hurricane Maria last month] . . . but I pray everyday that don’t happen,” she told Barbados TODAY.

Another resident Lorna Farley said she found it very difficult to gain entry to her home yesterday amid the heavy downpours which the Barbados Meteorological Office said had resulted from an upper level trough system and a tropical wave that dumped between three to five inches of rain on the island.

Bagatelle resident Lorna Farley

“For many years this has been going on. We have spoken to the authorities but nothing has been done about it. Yesterday when I was coming home, I could not get into my house, I had to go around the other avenue and climb over my fence. I don’t think it is fair. It has been going on far too long and something has to be done,” Farley insisted.

Echoing Griffith’s sentiments, an annoyed Farley said she also feared the worst.

“I am afraid that something really drastic will happen, then you will get everybody coming. This water level is extremely high and people can’t pass, I am very affected, my neighbours as well, we can’t get into our houses,” she stressed.

“If there is a solution why can’t somebody come and do something about it. I am really perturbed at this point. It seems as though nobody takes our calls seriously. I am appealing to the authorities and telling them that something needs to be done,” she added.

Wilson Cummings, who has resided in the community for most of his life, also complained that no one had come to their rescue even though “up here does flood out all the time [and] the water does come high.

Bagatelle resident Wilson Cummings

“I does try to stay in doors once we get a lot of rains. We have been complaining about this for a long time and I don’t know what they intend to do about it,” the elderly man said.

However, while there was no sign of drainage workers or any other Government authorities at Bagatelle today, a crew from the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) was hard at work along the south coast this afternoon when a Barbados TODAY arrived in the area, which was hit by not only flooding, but a sewage stink yesterday.

“We don’t know why the bolts [on the manhole] went missing, but what we are doing is welding to make sure the incident doesn’t happen again,” Head of the BWA’s Waste Water Division Patricia Inniss told Barbados TODAY.

She acknowledged that in addition to the flooding that there was an overflow of sewage water along parts of the south coast, but said the BWA had purchased new equipment and was working to permanently address the situation.

“We have had issues earlier this year but no one in their right mind would expect that we are saying that in three months a sewage plant that has been deteriorating for the past 15 years will be perfect that is unrealistic. It will take a while, but in the nine months that we have been working, we have kept the sewage problem to a minimum,” she said.

This white Toyota Vitz fell into the manhole at Hastings, Christ Church earlier today.
Workers from the Barbados Water Authority fixing the manhole in Hastings this afternoon.

32 Responses to Unbearable!

  1. luther thorne October 25, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    The junction at the Redman’s Village Gas Station on the Ronald Mapp Highway , sometimes called Highway 2A ,where you could turn right must be opened up again . This would stop traffic from going through Bagatelle to get to Prior Park. Blocking off that turn was one of the stupid things done by whomever is responsible

  2. Charlie Terrico Black
    Charlie Terrico Black October 26, 2017 at 2:25 am

    This for real.??? Joking.. lol Wtf? Bim streets worse than they used to be?

    • Hyacinth Jackman-Turpin
      Hyacinth Jackman-Turpin October 26, 2017 at 9:51 am


  3. Sam Clarke October 26, 2017 at 4:18 am

    The flooding in this and many areas of Barbados, is due to the building on the natural waterways , such as the gullies that took this water to the sea.
    Town and country, made these bone headed decisions to allow these properties to be built on the waterways, and so what do you expect the water to go?
    It is obvious that the water would then use the streets , because the gullies have been built over.
    This is also why there is such a problem with the monkeys, because they food source that were in these said gullies are not there anymore.

  4. Saga Boy October 26, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Surely there is something the residents can get together and do collectively instead of waiting on and blaming gov.

    • Nancy Harding October 26, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Should they dig up the public road and install drainage?

    • Ralph Greene October 26, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      And they continue to collect taxes for what??

    • hcalndre October 26, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      @saga Boy; Stop paying road tax and other taxes and then there would no one to blame.

  5. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens October 26, 2017 at 5:56 am

    And with the rain falling every day. They ain’t coming out in no rain to fix anything.

  6. MARIA Holder October 26, 2017 at 6:22 am

    You are such a low-life.

    When she was a DLP supporter she was marvelous but now she supports the BLP she is a nuisance. Free education h as really been a waste in this country, as far as persons like you are concerned.

    • MARIA Holder October 26, 2017 at 6:25 am

      Barbados Today, an aspect of this comment in offensive and should be removed. The DLP operatives that comment here are really “GUTTER” people

  7. michael austin October 26, 2017 at 6:27 am

    There is NOTHING that can be done to fix that problem…the DAMAGE done already.
    Blame the TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING DEPARTMENT and Prime Minister Stuart…he is RESPONSIBLE for ALL that goes on there.

  8. Richard Johnston October 26, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Most of Barbados is living close to the edge

  9. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley October 26, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Oh my word-the govt should be shame!

  10. A Boyce October 26, 2017 at 7:41 am

    ‘Archy Perch should desist from his political mouthing. Every one is entitled to their own opinion. DLP as well as BLP supporters pay their taxes and they all live in Barbados. People are free to support who ever they choose to.

  11. Harry October 26, 2017 at 8:09 am

    some comments here sadly reflect that free education in Barbados has been wasted

  12. Milli Watt October 26, 2017 at 9:36 am

    hehehehehehehehehehehe…………..luvs it. Place decaying like the shot of the vehicle on the way to china. An upper middle class neighbourhood under water and more to come. cess pool getting wider KEEP IT UP!

  13. Adrian Mapp
    Adrian Mapp October 26, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Hyacinth Jackman-Turpin and Valarie Rock, de cars in Bim good at finding holes,lol

    • Hyacinth Jackman-Turpin
      Hyacinth Jackman-Turpin October 26, 2017 at 9:50 am


  14. Deborah King
    Deborah King October 26, 2017 at 10:03 am

    The money that DEM line their pockets with should be fixing the roads,they tief alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll the money.Poor Barbados.

  15. Sean Chandler
    Sean Chandler October 26, 2017 at 10:09 am

    maybe that manhole cover – and the rest on the south coast – shoudl be welded shut

    • Belfast October 26, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      If you do that the pressure or volume of the water is going to relieve itself elsewhere, such as the main sewer pipeline or in a number of homes and businesses connected to the sewer system.

  16. Helicopter(8P) October 26, 2017 at 10:30 am

    The situation of building houses insignificantly along watercourses and on prime agriculture fields was sadly initiated by the Tom Adams administration and the D.L.P administrations have since continued with the practice. Ministers were not very much ecological in the past. The Scotland district Reforestation Project was started by Honorable Prime Minister E. W. Barrow but was ignored by the succeeding governments.

  17. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens October 26, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Road tax jump $400 for private cars. And other people paying more. What are they doing with the money?

  18. hcalndre October 26, 2017 at 11:26 am

    @archy perch; you should go back and perch on whatever paling you were on, Jamaicans have reached where the bajan has yet to tread, in education, sports, fighting for their rights, you name it, I can understand Winnie when she is speaking more so that a moderator that should not be on radio because his diction and grammar is very poor, Principal Broomes could could spend an hour before the show with him. Only this morning Broomes said that the biggest potholes he ever saw was in Brooklyn, well the amount of rain, salt when it snows and heavy duty vehicles that travel on the streets, maybe expected, but then the madman came and said that he saw vehicles that were old and the bumpers dropping off, for little that he knowns that vehicles have to pass an inspection and first the insurance has to valid, a vehicle can`t pass an inspection spewing black smoke, dark tinted windows, broken tail lights, bad brakes, bumper dropping off, bad wheels. tires etc. You can buy car in good condition from about $2500 US. or less, that same car in barbados is $15000 US – $25000 US B`dos so stop spewing you garbage, mr. madman.

  19. luther thorne October 26, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Shut up Saga Boy!
    Did we elect an Absentee Government who in turn elected an Absentee Prime Minister? The DLP has lowered the bar so low that you are confused. Where is all the money in taxes going ? Is it being given to the largest most unproductive Cabinet in the history of Post Independent Barbados ? We have for them to do a job and you want us to pay again? The Government of the day must take the blame .

  20. Kim Connell
    Kim Connell October 26, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Pothole in d corner

  21. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens October 26, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    The poor feel it every day in this country and if it’s D or B it will be the same thing. The holes make u run to the mechanic and then there are parts you have to get.

  22. Belfast October 26, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Have a bit of patience. This is only a temporary inconvenience. Sometime in 2018, just before the election, we will roll out an extensive road repair programme, island-wide de-bushing, new trucks for the SSA, massive new jobs at all the ministries, boards and corporations. Hell! we will even fix the leaking outhouse flow on the South Coast.

  23. Belfast October 26, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    I drive a vehicle, the brand of which has proven itself in some of the most remote parts of the globe. From Alaska to Antartica and from Siberia to San Francisco. But by frig, it is no match for the roads, or what passes for roads, of Barbados.
    And the government is sitting back like a whore on Bush Hill and demanding extra in the form of VAT, for those parts of the vehicle which the many potholes make a mess of.

  24. Belfast October 26, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Barbados a land of potholes governed by a bunch of ****holes.

  25. luther thorne October 26, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    LOL @ Belfast
    Good one !


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