St Lucia witnessed heavy rainfall as a result of a tropical wave during the course of last week, which resulted in widespread flooding and some reported landslides.
But Infrastructure Minister Phillip Jn Pierre has said that despite these negative effects caused by floods, no major damages to the country’s main infrastructure were reported.
“The entire new infrastructure that we built according to international standards stood up,” he said in a boastful manner.
However, Jn Pierre said the indiscriminate dumping of garbage may have played a major role in the floods that were recorded in Castries and other communities.
“We have to exercise some level of self discipline and some level of restrain in the way we dispose of our garbage. Look at what we see in the city, plastic bottles…”he remarked.
However, the minister said that the Castries City Council played a major role in helping to put things back in order, because once the floods were over, the council sent its team to clean up the city.
He said similar exercises in other communities within the Castries basin and constituencies were conducted over the weekend, and will continue today.
A team will be working to clear debris in the Sans Souci area, according to Jn Pierre.
A 39-year-old man was however swept away in a river in Odsan/Cul De Sac on Friday, Nov. 6 and died trying to save a cow.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) has since advised residents and motorists in areas prone to flooding and landslides, to remain vigilant and check for regular weather updates.