Sunday, February 18, 2018

We must keep it simple*


The British, with hundreds of years governing citizens, left the people of T&T with many simple solutions that seem to have eluded most of us. Let's look at some of the simple things they did that are now exceedingly complex for us.

Flooding, for example, was tackled by building huge waterways like the dry river. These large capacity waterways remain almost dry most of the year but absorb most of the water generated by very heavy rainfall. Our approach is a series of very expensive box drains that are easily clogged and cannot handle the capacity of water generated from heavy or prolonged rainfall. A series of man-made lakes and rivers in areas like Barrackpore and Mayaro could see an end to flooding in those areas.

 

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