The ministry of government support services (GSS) is working on measures that are expected to reduce flooding along the roadways in Providenciales.
In light of the recent heavy rains and subsequent flooding, ministry officials have reviewed the problem areas and historical records with a view to designing and implementing preventative measures in the affected areas.
The ministry noted that there have been some recent improvements with the installation of a number of wells, but acknowledged that there is much more to be done to improve the situation.
A number of new and innovative ideas are under consideration and short term measures will be undertaken in house by the Public Works Department team. In addition, the ministry recently concluded a competitive tender for consultant engineers in a project being funded by the Caribbean Development Bank.
The project will map the levels of risk with an analysis on risk reduction; identify and evaluate flood management options; undertake community vulnerability assessments; identify cost-effective drainage improvement measures; develop drainage policy and plans, as well as enhance the capacity of the government to better manage flood hazards. The project will also assess the impact of projected sea level rises and other effects of climate change.
The consultancy is expected to start within the next three months, with the objective of developing a strategy and plan for capacity strengthening, emergency flood response and flood risk mitigation for the Turks and Caicos.