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Flooding was made worse by littering- Rotary

- Rotary clubs to embark on massive education campaign against littering
One of the ghuts in Road Town that overflowed following the Tropical Wave on August 7, 2017. Photo: VINO
President of the Rotary Club of Tortola Mrs Karia J. Christopher fielding a question from a reporter at a press conference on Friday August 11, 2027 in the conference room of BVI Finance, Cutlass Tower, Road Town. Photo: VINO
President of the Rotary Club of Tortola Mrs Karia J. Christopher fielding a question from a reporter at a press conference on Friday August 11, 2027 in the conference room of BVI Finance, Cutlass Tower, Road Town. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola VI - Starting very soon with the intention of going to at least the end of the Rotary year (June 2018), the Rotary family of the Virgin Islands will be embarking on a massive education campaign designed to change mind-sets and practices as they relate to cleanliness of one's home, surroundings and territory.

This announcement was made by President of the Rotary Club of Tortola Mrs Karia J. Christopher at a press conference held on Friday August 11, 2027 in the conference room of BVI Finance, Cutlass Tower, Road Town.

"We firmly believe that yes it is a natural disaster but we have seen the destruction caused primarily by the flooding and I don't believe that there is anyone that can argue that the flooding was made worse because of the debris and persons not really adhering to the laws of the Virgin Islands in terms of littering. So we believe from our point of view we will start a campaign on educating the public about the importance of safe keeping your big trash and the importance of taking pride in where they live," said Mrs Christopher.

‘Take pride in our Virgin Islands’

Tapping in on the issue the "litter bugs amongst us", President of Rotary Club Sunrise Ms Monique Peters also fingered littering as one of the major causes of the extent of the August 7-8, 2017 flash floods on Tortola.

"It clogged our ghuts and made it impossible for there to be free flowing water out of people’s homes and out of people’s businesses," said Ms Peters.

She said that like the other clubs, Rotary Sunrise will be on board with an education campaign against littering. "I will also have to deal with waste management because it starts at home. My five year old child knows not to throw litter out the window of the car. We just need to take pride in our Virgin Islands, it is very important."

Currently, the Rotary is spearheading a massive clean-up, restoration and outreach programmes targeting most aspects of the discomforts endured by the recent floods. This is being done in collaboration with key stakeholders including BVI Red Cross, Family Support Network, Department of Disaster Management and the Government of the Virgin Islands.

25 Responses to “Flooding was made worse by littering- Rotary”

  • pat (12/08/2017, 10:43) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
    More talk
  • Really (12/08/2017, 12:40) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply

    Nobody wants the truth! Its far easier to sit back and blame government for everything. Old boats, cars, parts, building material, boat trailers, rusty containers and much more strewn all over the island and nothing is being done. Businesses such as car and boat repair shops are located in the heart of our ghuts and instead of sounding the alarm we patronize the same businesses. But now we are acting like we are shocked at the end result?

    • H2O (12/08/2017, 17:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Not to mention the morons who allowed a church to be build in the path of a ghut SMH also the littering problem was always there so don't act shocked when you see old car parts,washing machines and refrigerators blocking the ghuts
    • Think!!!! (13/08/2017, 09:31) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Ur name saids it all, REALLY! U blaming flood on things that is stored or rest n on the main land. Think 4 a second n take a closer look at those pic/vids . I'm sure u will c the ghuts never serve the purpose they were set out2 do which is carry the excess water out2 the sea. Those ghuts & drains r build 4 a specific reason a very important one so maintain n them by clean n them on a regular is vital.
      Now ask who ever u no is in charge when was the last time or how often do they clean them!
  • Wendy (12/08/2017, 12:43) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    Take blame BVI. Building a country with cultures habits and behaviours that are not in sync with yours is self flagellation and self destructive. Why?
    This matter is a reflection on the country as a whole. It is insulting embarrassing and humiliating. This is not who we are!!!!! How far the BVI has sunk
    • Chilli (14/08/2017, 06:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      The other places where the other people come from did not flood. Your "pristine" country did. Please have your government clean your guts. Thanks!
  • SOS (12/08/2017, 13:18) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply

    nasti@ss islun people

  • E. Leonard (12/08/2017, 16:29) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Drainage systems (pipes, culverts, boxes, open channels/ghuts) should be designed to safely convey the runoff for the size rain event that it was designed for, i.e., 2, 5, 10, 25, 100-year. To function effectively, assuming that they were constructed as designed, the drainage system has to be consistently inspected and maintained. Throwing debris into the drainage systems (ghuts, inlets......etc) is unsightly and clogs the system, resulting in flooding of roads and property upstream. Typically, drainage systems are not designed to safely carry the runoff from every rain event; it is cost prohibited.

    No doubt the latest rain event would have resulted in some flooding. However, timely maintenance could have lessen the level of flooding and the damage to property. Moreover, littering is not aesthetically pleasing and does not reflect BVI pride. Behavioural change is needed in regards to littering. Thus, all BVI residents should take ownership in keeping the BVI beautiful. BVI nice.

    Moreover, additionally throwing debris and pollutants into the drainage system in addition to causing flooding will end into the sea polluting the pristine waters preventing it from a being used for its beneficial uses, i.e., fishing, swimming, diving, boating ......etc.
  • wize up (12/08/2017, 16:39) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Been hearing the same old talk for 55 years: for many years the territory have the same issues and concerns and we only chat about them when something goes wrong: after all of this, we going right back doing the same old thing......we will have the same old talk when the place get flooded again......
  • BULL CRAP (12/08/2017, 17:22) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Pipes no matter how large will always block-up. We need open concrete drains with covering Colbert... The hundreds of over flowing cistern up in the hills add to the rush of water to the flat...littering is very minor in this equation...
    • Disinterested (13/08/2017, 09:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Bull Crap, bull crap! Pipes don't block themselves by their mere existence . Blockages in pipes occur due to littering and lack of maintenance. We must stop littering and take pride in the BVI. We must keep the BVI clean and healthy. Littering is not an innocent act; it is a worthless, selfish and inconsiderate act. When we purposely litter, who do we expect to clean up? Let's stop the damn nastiness! Let's get the facts before we start chatting fart. As another blogger noted a behavioral change is needed. To that I would add that an attitudinal change is needed.
  • True (12/08/2017, 17:38) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    I remember when Hon.Christian raise this same issue bloggers wanted his throat.Now it's back to bite u in the u know where.Pride can make a difference in regards to results such as this,no sense to come on here blaming Govt.for nastiness.BVI I born,raised,live and it's my right,dignity,pride,conscience to do my best to maintain for others to enjoy not destroy
  • Schups (12/08/2017, 19:01) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply

    These pretenders neeed to sit the %^&* down

  • true development (13/08/2017, 00:09) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    How much educating are we going to do. Rotary please press government to develop the regulations to go along with the act so enforcement can occur. What happen to the auxiliary officers under Dept of waster management. The act is in place but the regulations and the ticketing is not !!!! What is the government elected official in the Ministry of Health afraid of? Under both administrations, the regulations and the ticketing aspect were not done, thus, enforcement is impossible. How long ! How long! Why don't the ministry ask the CoP to borrow Mr. Callwood "Robo Cop" and a few other for 3 to 6 months to re-start the programme. :MRr. SKELTON please get it done !
  • LCS (13/08/2017, 06:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    An education campaign against littering should be in effect even in primary schools. Keeping BVI free of unwanted garbage will have many benefits, along the way. Not only during heavy rains, hurricanes or tropical waves it's the right way to behave. Educate about reissue, and not discard. Educate about fixing and not discard. Educate about littering. Lets keep our surroundings clean, please !
    • bad mentality (13/08/2017, 10:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      It starts in the school and when certain primary schools (Name withheld at this point) allow the kids to throw litter all over the school yard and even classroom and allow the playground equipment to be broken then we end up raising a set of people that will throw their crap out the car window, in ghuts and on the side of the road.
  • Street reporter (13/08/2017, 08:42) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Cruise ship cancellation..A lot of tourist would have glad to witness the damage rain Storm can do. For most of them they have no idea....I think most of the tourist would have been tolerant and embrace something they never seen before... I think the cancellations may have been a bit hasty, Festival could have continue Friday and Saturday in Road Town and the Cruise ships should have been allowed to come..
  • Really? (13/08/2017, 10:00) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I thought the ghuts got blocked because of the rocks, dirt and trees that the water brought down. And town will always flood because the drainage is at the same level as the sea water, so when the water goes out, the sea water flows back in. But, everybody's an expert.
  • ROTARY LOOK AND SEE (15/08/2017, 06:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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