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Technical experts coming; all main roads cleared!

A tractor at work earlier this week. Photo Credit: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/BVI News Online

Technical drainage and landslide experts will arrive in Tortola today (August 12) to help assess the damage resulting from a tropical wave that caused flooding and landslides across the British Virgin Islands on August 7.

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith, who made the disclosure last evening, also announced that all main roads have been cleared amid general efforts to restore normality.

“Technical drainage and landslide experts are expected to arrive to work with local teams to conduct damage assessments. We will be doing a full assessment in the coming days and weeks with engineers,” the premier said.

He stated that the drainage system will get attention over the next few days, adding that the territory is also ramping up efforts to address secondary roads and private drive ways.

“In terms of road networks, we continue to work on making the roads safe for both motorists and pedestrians once again. All of the main roads have been cleared and made accessible, and we are continuing to work to restore them fully.”

“We have successfully tackled a number of other critical areas so that access could be restored. We expect over the next few days to be clearing drains, removing mud and debris from road sides and parking lots,” Premier Smith further said.

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  1. :::::; says:

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    The drainage situation at Towers West End needs some serious overhaul and advice from the technical experts.

    Eccept for one landowner who has left his pond area aunatural, the others along with shoreline areas are filled in.

    The drainage areas are not maintained and that overflow has blocked exit/entry for the homeowner, an elder, who lives alone and has been forced to be confined, depressed and surrounded by water and Mosquitos.

  2. Frustrated says:

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    With the threat of more rain to compound the already dreadful situation , I truly cannot understand why our Premier would not gladly welcome aid.

    I wonder if he underststands the dire conditions and needs of the people out there. Food and products for children are a constant cry at Red Cross , By roads have dangerous debris , surely Premier you cannot expect the already exhausted people of yours to continue at this pace.

    I appeal to your heart and conscious. Please ask for help. Your people need it.

  3. E. Leonard says:

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    No doubt, the extent of the damages needs to be assessed to determine the current and desired states and what resources are needed and how long it will take to get to the desired state. Nonetheless, the effectiveness of the drainage system will take way longer than weeks.

    The drainage system needs a comprehensive analysis by an experienced engineering team. From that analysis, a drainage master plan should be developed and a plan of action and milestones put in place.

    Moreover, my assessment from afar based on intensity and duration of the rain is that the rain event ranged between 100- and 500-year rain event. The technical experts will be able to state what size the rain event was.

    Nevertheless, given the size of the rain event, some flooding would have occurred. Drainage systems are not designed to handle every rain event; it is cost prohibited. Communities typically assumes some risks from the less frequent rain events, i.e., 100-year, 500-year……..etc.

    Further, maintenance of drainage system must be a year round action, i.e., cleaning, removing debris, cutting trees, grading……..etc.

    Additionally, a public education and outreach programme should be initiated on the effect and cost of dumping in ghuts and other drainage systems; roads are considered part of drainage system. A behavioral change is needed in regards to drainage systems use.

    • Why? says:

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      The behavioral change you are referring to would be for Planning and Public Works to get their act together in terms of design, construction and maintenance of the Territory’s infrastructure. Might take as long as the next 100-500 year rain event you speak of.

      • Really? says:

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        Not when we the people believe any Tom, Dick and Harry is qualified to design, build and even maintain the roads, etc.

        We are always bawling to the Govt that they should give out contracts to so and so just because. Well, we reap what we sow. Short sighted.

        As the song says, we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

  4. Take the help but be careful says:

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    • anonimus says:

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      what a stupid comment probably from a very stupid person

      • Hmmm says:

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        Obviously you do not pay attention to world history, events over the last decade in this region and elsewhere, and current events. Please read “Confessions of an Economic Hitman”

  5. Hmmm says:

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    Everywhere in the world floods when it gets 9 inches of water in a few hours and debris flow through ghuts and drains at a rapid pace, blocking them and forcing the water to seek other outlets ar a rapid pace.

    There is nothing any expert or politician can do about that. Get real!

    What is even more funny is when govt issue stop orders for development especially in the hillside, everyone gets upset and remind people that they from here.

    Now that the sht hit the fan everybody getting blamed except those who mashup the f*** place and causing problems for the rest of us.

  6. LCS says:

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    And there you go… money to be spent on technical experts and assessment. The problem is a known lack of proper drain system in the territory compounded by badly construction plans and in wrong areas. Monies should be spent in adequate drain systems, all over the territory. Heavens help us!

  7. WTF says:

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    Where are all the same contractors with heavy equipment who get hundreds of thousands of dollars contracts from government? Now is the time for them to give back to the country that gives them so much. Come on guys, come out and show your patriotism. Be a part of bringing normalcy back to our beautiful British Virgin Islands.

  8. Right says:

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    All main road clear? Them forget east end.

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