Press Release:-SAINT LUCIA – A series of crucial Public Works now being undertaken in the Corinth-Grand Riviere community aim to reduce the risk of flooding and degradation. If this condition goes unchecked it would lead to the undermining and ultimate collapse of the road.
According to Sherman N. Sylvester, Civil Engineer at the Ministry of Ministry of Infrastructure, there had been observations and eventual assessments by Ministry staff that indicated that the road shoulder was being eroded due to heavy rainfall.
“The level of erosion of the riverbanks which formed part of the road shoulders was increasing and threatening the road. This means there was a risk that the road would be undermined and would collapse. Considering the importance of this road – which connects the communities of Corinth and Grande Riviere to the main Castries – Gros Islet Highway – there would be a major disruption in terms of commuters’ daily routines as well as economically for residents, businesses and the Government” noted Sylvester.
The Works were put out to public tender with funding provided by the European Union (under its GCCA Programme) and the OECS Commission.
Experts note that the increasing flow rates and potential for flash flooding are inevitable. Therefore the objective is that these effects would not result in great economic loss and hence the need to take proactive measures that ensure Sustainable Land Management and mitigate against the effects of Climate Change.
A series of projects are currently being undertaken in Saint Lucia and the rest of the OECS. They cover both actual works and services that promote Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Land Management (CCA/SLM) and redound to the benefit of the individual island states.
All the projects fall under the OECS Commissions’ CCA/SLM Island Resilience umbrella Programme : ILAND Resilience: Promoting a Climate of Change.//