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June 19, 2002 - The Ministry of Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities has started desilting the main watercourses in Castries. It started last Saturday, and will run into consecutive weekends with work on the Castries River, the city’s main drains and storm drains. A number of roads will be blocked to vehicular traffic to facilitate this exercise.

The desilting exercise is part of a larger 600,000 Eastern Caribbean dollars project, which includes work on some forty rivers and watercourses island wide. It is part of the Ministry’s annual flood alleviation exercise, geared towards reducing lose of life and property during heavy rains. Some of the areas that will receive attention include the Bois D’ Orange, Anse-la-Ray, Canaries and Soufriere rivers.

Chief Engineer, at the Ministry of Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities Dalton Cenac is calling for community participation to keep drains free of debris, especially during this current hurricane season. He says, clearing works after the heavy rains earlier this year revealed a large amount of plastic bottles and other forms of litter in watercourses. He is making an urgent appeal to the public to be discriminating when disposing of litter, hence reducing the occurrences of floods during heavy rains.


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