Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced the signing on Friday of seventeen contracts for drainage works in his Micoud South constituency, under St. Lucia’s Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP).
On his official Facebook page, Chastanet disclosed that another 5 contracts are under procurement and expected shortly.
“The signed works valued at XCD $1.7 million are focused in the communities of Desruisseaux, Blanchard, Anse Ger and Ti Rocher which have historically suffered from overland flooding caused by poorly channelled storm water flows from surrounding hillsides,” the PM explained.
“The various packages of work (contracts) form part of a holistic, engineered drainage system designed to efficiently channel storm water into various water courses in the communities and to accommodate up to a 1 in 25-year rainfall event,” he stated.
According to Chastanet, the drainage system is expected to provide community residents with significant relief from flooding.
He noted that in keeping with the mission of the DVRP, the drains also build the community’s long-term resilience to climate change impacts, including heavier rainfall events and stronger hurricanes.
Chastanet observed that the system includes a series of interconnected open drains, slabbed drains and road culvert crossings totally approximately 3,000 metres.
He said the majority of this represents new drains and culvert crossings; upgrades to some existing drains are also included.
“Contractors were selected through a competitive bidding process in keeping with the requirements of the World Bank through which the DVRP is funded. To ensure economic benefit to the community and create employment opportunities, all contractors invited to bid were from the Micoud South Constituency,” the PM asserted.
He said the Micoud South drainage works complement the ongoing drainage works in South East Castries and planned drainage works in Anse La Raye, Canaries and Soufriere also being executed through the DVRP.