A poor drainage system may have been the main reason for a series of flooding across the island last week Wednesday, as an upper-level trough swept across the Windward Islands on Wednesday.
The rain, which began about 5:00 am, saw several homeowners in low-lying areas having to quickly bail out and mop up water from their homes. Some schools were forced to close their doors while others had to abandon classes from early in the morning. The rain washed large amounts of debris and mud into the roadways in several parts of the island.
Head of the Carriacou chapter of the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA), Bernice Date says that the rains created challenges for some people and institutions.
She endorsed the sentiments of those who experience discomfort through flooding that the lack of a proper drainage structure and high volumes of debris logged in the drains were main factors for the flooding in several areas.
However, she pointed out that they were able to work closely with the various departments such as Agriculture and Works to get sufficient pumps to dispose of the water, which filled the basements of several homes.