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Oops! Sewerage woes leave slippery roads in Fat Hogs Bay

-residents complain of vehicles turning turtle in hazardous mess
In photos sent to VINO, a vehicle can be seen turned completely turtle down the hill and another at the entrance to the apartment building. Photo: Team of Reporters
It remains unclear in the drivers of the two vehicles sustained any serious injuries as a result of the hazardous situation. Photo: Team of Reporters
It remains unclear in the drivers of the two vehicles sustained any serious injuries as a result of the hazardous situation. Photo: Team of Reporters
FAT HOGS BAY, Tortola, VI – Information coming into Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) from residents in the Fat Hogs Bay area is that sewerage woes have resulted in water running on the road in the vicinity of the Mandinka Apartment complex, creating a slippery hazard, now a serious danger to both drivers and pedestrians.

One person living in the area have complained to our new centre today, December 24, 2020, that the condition of the wet road has resulted in vehicles sliding up and down the hill, including pedestrians slipping and allegedly receiving life-threatening injures.

In photos sent to VINO, a vehicle can be seen turned completely turtle down the hill, and another turned turtle at the entrance to the apartment building. 

It remains unclear in the drivers of the two vehicles sustained any serious injuries as a result of the hazardous situation. 

VINO reached out to Seventh District Representative, Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) for a comment on whether he was aware of the issue and what was being down to rectify it.

He indicated that while he was aware of the issue, more urgent works will be undertaken by the Environment Health Division. 

Hon Wheatly further said, “What I can say, however, is the Eastern End of the island has had a long-standing sewerage problem [and] after many decades of promises, this administration has taken action with sewerage works beginning early next year.” 

18 Responses to “Oops! Sewerage woes leave slippery roads in Fat Hogs Bay”

  • resident (24/12/2020, 14:11) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thankyou VINO for giving this the attention it deserves, god knows we are fed up of this issue
    • Sewerage (24/12/2020, 22:37) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      So why didn't these apartmernts build their own septic systems....
      Why does Government (& the tax payers) have to support everything built by locals???!!!
      • Greg (25/12/2020, 13:33) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
        STINKING NASTY UNSANITARY crap these people are allowed to get away with!
  • justice (24/12/2020, 15:17) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is also an apartment building on the opposite side of the East End/Long Look Community Centre. The owner seems to pump the sewage directly onto the street. This has resulted in erosion of the road and has also resulted in a surface that is filled with numerous potholes. The landlord can do better! When are we going to force landlords to do what is right or face stiff penalties? Let’s hold offenders responsible and stop trying to sugarcoat this nasty pill.
  • resident (24/12/2020, 16:04) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Very nice! How can this be when we have had budgets in the hundreds of millions since about 1990? Where did this money go?
  • Part of the problem (24/12/2020, 16:06) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    I lived in that area and—although the sewage and wet roads are a major problem—the issue intensified when the owner/contracted for apartment building at the bottom of the hill damage the road. They never fixed the road after they completed the building. vehicles could pick up speed from the bottom of the hill when the roads wore in better conditions. As it stands, you must come to a crawl to get over the destruction, which prevents you from making it through the sewage. It’s equally bad when it rains.
  • wondering (24/12/2020, 18:09) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why did government give the right to build large multi family buildings without room for proper sized septic systems. This is Town Plannings fault, in my view.
  • Another one in D7 (24/12/2020, 18:21) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is a bright yellow/orange 4-level apartment building on the road up past the old blue moon disco. Its septic tank flows out into the road and covers it with slippery slime. Pickering knew about it for years.
  • On looker (24/12/2020, 20:56) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    It’s not the government responsibility for ppl sewage. Yes the government can assist but the owners of these houses need to do better of maintenance. Build proper septic what can hold your house or apartment ppl want to build these big houses n build on septic n expect it to hold up . Build proper septic with a proper soak away so the water can drain n filter into the ground a septic should not be by the road n should be built in solid ground n not in a filled land
  • Blackbeauty (25/12/2020, 06:25) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is very embarrassing. It certainly makes us look like a slump in a third world country.

    Landlords, homeowners and business owners stop being irresponsible, and ensure that the septic tank is big enough to contain your waste. Secondly, make sure that the waste is not being disposed in the streets.

    The problem is a serious health hazard and shouldn't happen.

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  • Hutums Ghut (25/12/2020, 08:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is sad. I own a building in Huntums Ghut and the sewer backs up into the house. Just imagine raw Shi** coming up in the toilet and shower.
    This has been happening for the past 10 years. The raw sewerage cost me thousands of dollars as furniture have to be continually thrown out.
    Ive complained about this mess repestedly to my government but I believe that they dont care. I have videos of this mess...I wish I could make them public on this site. The BVI Government can do better and must do better
    • Actual (25/12/2020, 14:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Those don’t-hav-a-clue m Engineers from back then should be blamed. Ministers don’t engineer the systems.
    • Styler (25/12/2020, 23:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Your situation don’t have anything to do with the Government that’s not there building agreed you take photos share with them and hopefully the environmental health can assist by contacting the landlord and putting some pressure on them.. but that’s Health issues there waiting to explore hope you don’t have children there to get sick.
  • What else is new (25/12/2020, 09:22) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wellllll, most of the landlords AKA SLUM LORDS IS DOING FREE LABOR FOR GOVERNMENT. THAT IS WHY THE GOVERNMENT DON’T DEMAND THAT THE LANDLORD AKA SLUM LORDS IS NOT NOT BEING PRESSURED TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM. HUMAN WASTE RUN OFF IN THE STREET IS A NORMAL THING IN THE BVI.
  • Earl (25/12/2020, 12:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I used to live up from that road... always same landlords letting waste water onto road... cost me $700 to fix my car after sliding into curb there !
  • Fed Up (25/12/2020, 23:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I live up there and it’s not only the sewerage is the issue, the road is also...when the rain fall it’s impossible to get up that hill without a 4wheel of All Wheel drive the tires skid, it’s even hard for pedestrian because they tend to slide, I just wish the relevant persons will look into it ASAP
  • voter (26/12/2020, 02:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    the political leaders should do better; in 2020 and still driving on bad roads; no street lights; lack of running water and sewage issues SOME of these matters been around for over 50 years....the electricity seems to work a bit better less power failures


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