Initial findings of a Hydrology and Flood Risk study of the Road Town capital has been made public.
During the first staging of the annual ‘Flood Protection Awareness Week,’ government’s hydrology team shared information on how to reduce flood risks, based on the data gathered from students, businesses, and other members of the community.
The ongoing study, which began in May 2017, is expected 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.
Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, Jeremy Hodge said Flood Protection Awareness Week was an opportune time for the government to build a relationship with the community to mitigate the risk of floods.
He said the knowledge will aid in securing life and property in the event of another flood or disaster.
Substantial work to begin
In the meantime, recommendations for substantial work in the areas most prone to having severe flooding is underway.
A government media release said the undertaking will help to protect residences, businesses, homes, and other properties.
The study, which will serve as a guide for the government to rebuild the road infrastructure, will provide experts with the high-risk areas thus enabling them to design suitability for drains and other related systems to lessen the chances of flooding.
Ghuts and drains being cleared
Hodge said recommendations from the study include how to reduce the threat of flooding through a comprehensive programme on ghut and drain clearing.
As a result of the recommendations, the Public Works Department has been working to keep local drains clear of debris.
The initiative is a collaboration among government agencies including the Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Disaster Management, and the Ministry of Finance’s Project’s Unit.
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