The estimated cost for rehabilitation works, in the wake of a trough system which affected the island on Christmas Eve, is in the region of forty-five million dollars, the Prime Minister has said.
The total estimated cost for clean-up however, which includes “clearing of the roads, dredging some of the rivers and ravines” is at eight hundred and thirty thousand dollars.
This estimate is as per an assessment and report conducted by the Ministry of Public Works and presented to Cabinet on Friday, December 27, 2013.
Mr Skerrit reported, following Friday’s Cabinet meeting, that the value just for Tuesday’s clean-up was at two hundred and seventy-five thousand which is included in the eight hundred and thirty thousand estimate.
There were thirty-five reported landslides and the Public Works Corporation crew was deployed early Tuesday morning to assist in clearing the roads.“The Ministry of Public Works has indicated to the Cabinet the total estimated cost for rehabilitation and mitigation of the affected areas is valued at EC$45 million,” Mr Skerrit said.
In that amount, rehabilitation and mitigation works will be conducted in a number of communities.
“You’re talking about Fond Canie, Cabanis, Trafalgar, Laudat area; you’re talking about river walls, retaining walls, excavation for slopes stabilization, culvert replacements, drains, road works, river control works”.
In Beau Bois, Castle Comfort, “some extensive work will have to be done there, retaining walls, culvert replacements, road works and river control works”.
In the Pointe Michel area inclusive of Champagne, Green Valley and Siboulie; “we will be constructing river defenses there, retaining walls, river walls, excavation for slopes stabilization, culverts, and bridge structure”.
A bridge will also be built in the Hollywood area to mitigate against any future challenges there as well as road works, river control works and the dredging of the ravines.
In Soufriere and Scotts Head; retaining walls, drains and road works will be constructed.
River walls, excavation for slope stabilization, drains, road works and drains will also be conducted in Giruadel, Eggleston. There will be a heavy focus on drainage works in the Giruadel/Eggleston area, Mr Skerrit stated.
“We have to construct river walls in Fortune and of course we have a better control of water from Fortune across the road in Newtown to the sea so there will be some extensive work will be done there”.
Additionally, in Wotten Waven, Morne Prosper, Copthall; there is a “serious challenge there I’m advised by the Ministry of Public Works”.
This challenge has to do with the control of water coming all the way from Morne Prosper into Wotten Waven, into Copthall.
Thus, “extensive drains and water control works will have to be done there, culvert replacements and the construction of new water crossings”.
Further, in Grand Bay, the area after Maranatha Square, “we’ll be doing a crossing there because that area is prone to disaster and it was also affected by the recent storm as it has been by other storms”.
“So, we’re talking a total based on advice from the Ministry of Public Works to be in the area of EC $45 million for rehabilitation of the infrastructure and rehabilitation and to clean-up we’re talking about $830, 000,” Mr Skerrit stated.
These works are expected to commence in the New Year.
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