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Monday, February 7, 2005 - The Government of St. Lucia has secured a total of US$7.5 million from two World Bank agencies to help protect the Village of Dennery from floods during adverse weather conditions.

When Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony visited the village following Tropical Storm Lily, he promised to seek international assistance to save the beach front and adjoining properties from eventual destruction by the sea.

This week the Prime Minister, who is also Minister of Finance, announced the Government had secured a loan for US $3.7 million from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and a credit of S$3.8 million from the International Development Association (IDA), both of which will go towards the cost of the Second St. Lucia Disaster Mitigation Project.

The PM said the Government decided that part of the amount will go towards Coastal and Flood Protection Works in the village, which has over the years become increasingly threatened by heavy waves and resultant floods from hurricanes and tropical storms.

“Life in the village gets tough when the seas get rough,” said the Prime Minister.

He noted that the village’s waterfront area “is particularly vulnerable to storm surges and damage by wave action and high seas, as evidenced from as far aback as Hurricane Allen in 1980, Tropical Storm Debbie in 1994, Tropical Storm Lily in 2002 and Tropical Storm Ivan in 2004.”

“These storms,” Dr Anthony added, “have all resulted in significant beach erosion and have also threatened life and property.”

According to the PM, the Government plans to undertake a project in two phases.

Phase One will provide frontline protection to residents and infrastructure between the waterfront and High Street by constructing a buried revetment. The revetment will be 415 metres long, starting from the Dennery River in the South and going as far north as approximately opposite St. Peter’s Church.

Phase Two will involve the construction of three offshore breakwaters – two each at 50 metres long and a third 60 metres long – going from south to north, to be sited in two to three metres depth, each with a crest elevation of +1.5 metres.

Phase Two will also involve construction of an armoured berm at the north end of the bay and immediately north of the Daito; filling behind the berm to create a landfill area at the elevation of +1.5 metres with a volume of landfill estimated at 3.600 square metres.

The second phase will also involve construction of a revetment along the north boundary of the village for a linear distance of 50 metres.

According to officials attached to the Project Coordination Unit, sand clearing and placement will be an ongoing component of the works to be implemented during both phases. This entails clearing of the north of the Dennery River and the placement of that sand on the beach front of the revetment, in the south central part of the beach.

The construction period for the works planned for Phase One is estimated by the Unit to take 24 weeks, while that for Phase Two is estimated to be 30 weeks. However, both phases will be treated as a single contract.

The Project Coordination Unit of the Second Disaster Mitigation Project is now inviting sealed bids from eligible contractors for the procurement of works for the Coastal and Flood Protection of the Dennery Village and bidding will be conducted according to World Bank guidelines.

Complete sets of bidding documents may be purchased by interested bidders from January 10, 2005 from the Project Coordinator at the Ministry of Physical development, Environment and Housing and sealed bids must be delivered to the Secretary of the Central Tenders Board at the Ministry of Finance by noon on March 15, 2005.

Late bids will be rejected and sealed bids will be opened in the presence of bidders or their representatives on March 15.

Meanwhile, a site visit will be undertaken on February 17 at 10:00am, during which bidders and other interested persons and agencies will be given the full details of what is to be done.

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