Canoes might have been a better mode of transportation for residents of Albouystown as sharp showers compounded by high tide was said to be responsible for widespread flooding in the low lying community. It would appear that the massive Georgetown cleanup campaign had almost no effect on the area as drains and trenches continue to overflow from garbage and debris.
The government has injected $500M towards the cleanup of Georgetown and the Albouystown community was one of the areas slated for special attention along with Le Repentir Cemetery, which runs parallel to the location.
The Local Government Ministry had entered into agreement with seven contractors who were awarded specific jobs to be conducted around the city as part of the clean up action. They said that over $34M was being spent on the clearing of the main canals, which included the Sussex Street Canal.
The canal has been a usual site for garbage and debris and has been a huge contributor to flooding in the community. However, while a lot of work has been done on the once lushly vegetated cemetery, clearing is yet to commence on the Sussex Street Canal.
Some of the other canals that were slated to undergo clearing were those at Princes Street, Church, Irving, Lamaha and Young Streets. This involved weeding, de-silting of the canals and carting away of material to the Haags Bosch Sanitary Landfill. Cleaning of culverts, under bridges and tunnels that are within the path of the canals will also be done as part of the project.
Cabinet Secretary Roger Luncheon said a few days ago that almost $100M has already been expended on the city cleanup project.
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