Widen mouth of Diego Martin River
WHAT goes up must come down and what comes down must wend its way to the place where it can ascend again to complete the natural cycle.
Any bottlenecking along the way will generate a back-up and introduce unnecessary, widespread disturbance and misery, similar to what happened in Diego Martin and Petit Valley a few days ago.
The floods which ravaged Diego Martin were caused by the elimination of the huge mangrove delta—west of Cocorite, between Morne Coco Road, Four Roads and the Gulf of Paria—which easily accommodated every drop of water the Diego Martin River brought down following a tropical thunderstorm; the river herself was v-shaped.
Instead of the wide basin and permeable soil, there’s now compacted earthfill; most of it is asphalted and covered with concrete buildings, so there’s nothing the water can do, but sheet off the surface.
The Diego Martin River needs to be widened considerably for its last few kilometres so it can properly handle storm water.
Once the Westmoorings bottleneck is eradicated, flooding will be considerably reduced or altogether eliminated.
The same solution applies in other parts of T&T similarly afflicted.
Who will bell the cat to stem the wayward rush before it undoes us?