Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Communication and Works, Jeremy Hodge says a Hydrology and Flood Risk study currently being undertaken in the territory is a useful tool to guide the British Virgin Islands in its rebuilding phase.
The study started in May last year and is scheduled to be completed by July.
The study focused on the options for flood reduction in Road Town and other areas while mapping the levels of risks, identifying cost-effective drainage improvements, and developing drainage policies and plans.
“This study serves as a guide for the BVI government as we rebuild our infrastructure, in particular; roads, to ensure that experts will be aware of the high-risk areas and also give some guidance on designs on drains and other related systems to mitigate the chances of floods,” Hodge said.
He was speaking at a press conference on Wednesday about the first Flood Protection Awareness Week scheduled to run from May 7 to 11 with a host of activities under the theme ‘Rebuilding a Flood Resilient Community Together’.
“Since the floods in September 2017, flood risks in the BVI has become very real and highlights to us all as government and community the importance of taking action together to reduce the risk of damage caused by flooding.”
Hodge said some of the recommendations from the study include a comprehensive programme to clear all ghuts and drains, the use of sandbags, and developing a ‘contingency plan’ for the territory.
“We are actually using some of the areas highlighted in our study to give some of those high-risk areas immediate attention.”
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