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Contact:  Shannon Lebourne


Monday 14 March 2011 – Chief Engineer Lester Arnold says the Ministry of Communications and Works is very satisfied with the level of prioritising and proper management which has gone into Post Hurricane Tomas restoration works around the island thus far.


With limited resources and the lack of international donor aid available for the restoration works, the Ministry of Communications and Works continues to demand quality and good management on projects from all contractors.


Arnold says a lot of the restoration works which have been undertaken to date, have been funded solely by local government.


“To date we have spent in excess of EC$15 million in clearing works. Soon we will be doing a lot of of remedial works in some of the areas where we have some minor landslides, blocked drains and culverts, but given limited resources we have to prioritise and budget accordingly in order to get the necessary works done within the limited resources that we have.”


The Ministry of Communications and Works has been actively involved in the designs for all the major interventions to be undertaken around the island.   This includes the Anse Gallet and Morn Report culverts and restoration of the Barre de l'Isle.


The designs for some of these works are ongoing while some have been completed.


“To date we have been able to implement very quickly the two major culvert crossings at Morne Repos and at Anse Gallet just outside of Anse La Raye and these are nearing completion. The two culverts are critical to ensure connectivity of the communities on both the east and west coasts of the island.

“We have also started additional works outside of Troumasse in Micoud where we have two failed culverts; we could not do both of them at the same time because they are in close proximity and the diversions are very tricky, so we intend to stagger the works, do the major one right now—which should be completed in the next couple of weeks—then  move on to the next one.  We have been actively involved in all the major interventions and we will soon be starting with some of the retaining structures along the Barre de l'isle.”


All  post Hurricane Tomas works will be guided by geo-technical reports and guidelines to minimize the impact of future natural disasters.

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