Following the passage of Hurricane Tomas, work continues to increase the islands’ resilience to natural disasters and extreme weather events. The Ministry of Infrastructure is currently undertaking the Entrepot River Slope Stabilisation Project. This project is intended to stabilize the slopes along the Entrepot River, thereby resulting in saving homes and properties which were threatened by land slippages. This project will also alleviate flooding experienced during heavy rainfall events.
The project entails construction of concrete reinforced walls along both sides of the river. To date, the walls on the southern sides are 2/3 complete. As soon as the southern side walls are completed, the focus will be shifted to the Northern side.
Project Coordinator for the Hurricane Tomas Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Project Mr. Jude Regis expressed satisfaction with how the project has been progressing. He said that the contractor has handled this project very professionally and is conforming to the standards that were outlined. He noted that the project so far is on schedule, and expects the project to be completed within time and the work to the satisfaction of the client.
Speaking to the significance of this project, Parliamentary Representative for Castries East Hon. Philip J. Pierre is happy that relief has come for the residents of Entrepot. He noted that the project has been long in coming and that residents have feared losing their homes. A number of homes including those precariously perched along the rivers’ edge and further inland were at risk.
The Entrepot River Slope Stabilisation Project is being funded by the Caribbean Development Bank under the Hurricane Tomas Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Project. The award of the Contract was made to Construction and Machinery Services Ltd for $2,036,896.68 following a competitive tender process. The project commenced in early July 2015, and will be completed over an eight (8) Month period.