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The rain in Port-of-Spain...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

It happens every rainy season, almost every time there is a heavy downpour—severe flooding along South Quay, Henry Street and the Brian Lara Promenade, and sections of the foreshore near MovieTowne on the western boundary of the city.

Flooding has been a problem in the city for decades. Part of the cause is that Port-of-Spain was built on mud flats and reclaimed lands, so at high tide flooding can occur even with a moderate downpour. There is also the problem of clogged drains and heavy run-off from denuded sections of the Northern Range

The result is property damage and other losses, particularly in areas where there was significant development in recent years. The Waterfront Centre, the Eric Williams Financial Complex, Government Campus Plaza, the Hyatt, and other high-rise structures have transformed the city. However, several key government offices are located on those building and some of them remained close yesterday to facilitate clean-up after Sunday’s torrential rain and flash floods.

All this underscores the need for a proper flood management system in the city, upgraded drainage infrastructure with interceptors, detention ponds, and pumping stations.

The city should not be a place where every time it rains, it floods.

Out of evil comes good

When thieves broke into the soup kitchen at the Holy Cross RC Church in Princes Town, it looked at first like one of those cases where the criminals had their way. Instead, evil was defeated in the outpouring of support and charity since then.

Thanks to support from many Good Samaritans, the kitchen appliances and food that was stolen by heartless thieves have been replaced and once again, the needy people served by that facility can look forward to hearty and nourishing meals.

Kudos also to the staff of the soup kitchen who, in a true demonstration of Christian values, took time on Sunday to pray for the criminals who had caused them so much distress. In the midst of a relentless crime wave which seems to have no end, stories like these are powerful reminders that there are so many good people in this country who daily stand up to evil and win.

New AmchamTT boss

Patricia Ghany, who was elected president of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmChamTT) is a woman whose mission to improve T&T’s business environment should be fully supported. Indeed, she is to be commended for her areas of main focus—gender parity, improving the business and investment climate, and digital transformation.


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