At least $3 million will have to be spent to restore parts of Diego Martin damaged by flooding, Minister of the People and Social Development Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh has said.
And a drainage plan will be drafted by three of Venezuela’s top engineers in October to help prevent further destruction to the Diego Martin area in the aftermath of Friday’s raging floodwaters.
So said chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation Anthony Sammy.
Sammy said he recently met with the ambassador to Venezuela in France and he agreed to send the three engineers to this country to work on the plan free of charge.
In addition to this, he said cameras will be placed at strategic positions to monitor flood threats in the area.
Sammy was speaking during a press conference at the Corporation’s office at North Post Road yesterday.
“I got him to agree after some long and serious discussions to send three of their top engineers from Venezuela free of charge to do a master drainage plan. They will develop that draft which I will then present to the relevant minister or ministers in Government,” Sammy said.
A total of 105 families through various parts of Diego Martin were affected by the flood after the Diego Martin River broke its bank following heavy rainfall in the area during the early morning hours Friday.
He said the Corporation, along with workers from CEPEP, the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA), and the Unemployment Relief Programme (URP) were working around the clock to restore the area to a state of normalcy.
Despite this, many families were yesterday still clearing debris from their homes.
Water soaked furniture and appliances were placed outside.
Many families were still trying to come to terms with the losses incurred.
Ramadharsingh, who was also at the press conference, said the ministry was able to fund each of the affected families the sum of $20,000 to assist with refurnishing and rebuilding their homes.
However, in order to receive the grant in a timely manner, the minister said those who suffered losses needed to make a list of the items destroyed. He also urged families to not dispose of destroyed appliances until the loses were assessed by representatives from the Diego Martin Regional Corporation.
Following the assessment of the items, the Corporation will assist in removing the destroyed items, Sammy added.
Several residents of Mason Street embarked on protest action yesterday, saying they were ignored by the Government following the floods.
Debris placed along the roadway was eventually cleared before Ramadharsingh arrived in the area and handed out food cards and food hampers to residents.