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Section of retaining wall collapses @ Cane Garden Bay

- partially blocks road
September 13th, 2020 | Tags: Retaining wall collapse erosion PWD debris
A section of a road in Cane Garden Bay, just past the bridge leading to Ballast Bay, has been partially blocked due to a retaining wall collapsing due to soil erosion. Photo: Team of Reporters
According to the Acting PWD Director, Mr Jeremy W. Hodge, PWD has removed most of the debris on the road. Photo: VINO/File
According to the Acting PWD Director, Mr Jeremy W. Hodge, PWD has removed most of the debris on the road. Photo: VINO/File
CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI- A section of a road in Cane Garden Bay, just past the bridge leading to Ballast Bay, has been partially blocked due to a retaining wall collapsing due to soil erosion.

The erosion is being blamed on the recent intermittent inclement weather.

Apart from the damaged section of the retaining wall, there were no other damages to property or any injury to persons or animals, according to reports reaching our newsroom.

The damage is engaging the attention of the Public Works Department (PWD).

According to the Acting PWD Director, Mr Jeremy W. Hodge, PWD has removed most of the debris on the road.

"The ground is still very saturated so we can't remove all at the moment as more of the soil will destabilise," Mr Hodge told our newsroom, while noting he was thankful no one was hurt when the section of the retaining wall collapsed.

Motorists and pedestrians alike are being asked to traverse the area with caution.

"Persons heading through Cane Garden Bay from Ballast Bay or vice versa, please take caution. The soil is extremely wet and we can't simply clear the area until it dries a bit,” PWD had earlier stated.

19 Responses to “Section of retaining wall collapses @ Cane Garden Bay”

  • one eye (13/09/2020, 11:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    my my
  • NICK (13/09/2020, 13:39) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    A retaining wall in concrete blocks?
    • See (13/09/2020, 15:52) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Typical
    • AND? (13/09/2020, 16:13) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
      Not sure why that makes national news however you can build an effective retaining wall with concrete blocks if you use steel and will the holes with concrete!!!
    • Big Sis (13/09/2020, 16:39) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      If you look closely you can see the steel, probably the footing was not deep enough.
      • AND? (13/09/2020, 17:00) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        There is no steel in the block work itself . what you are seeing is a column probably stuck in the middle or end.
    • Yep (13/09/2020, 20:51) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      And no steel...
  • Turnbull Hill (13/09/2020, 14:13) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr Turnbull sorry that the wall came down so go and get it put back up again it is in a criical spot you have your hands full hurry get it clean up Thanks
  • NezRez (13/09/2020, 14:53) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    This can happen to anyone's retaining walls. Accidents happen. Glad no one was hurt.
  • Blackbeauty (13/09/2020, 15:09) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    That retaining wall wasn't built to last.

    Everyone wants to be a contractor but don't have a clue about building a house, or retaining wall. Your work speaks to your capabilities.
  • WHAT!!!! (13/09/2020, 18:47) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    “Blamed on the inclement weather” How about caused by incompetent building?
  • tru (14/09/2020, 03:37) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everyone like short cut and saving money ...too
    • Deh Watcha (14/09/2020, 20:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      What you pay for is what you get and that trend is starting again in construction.
  • Not good (14/09/2020, 09:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    i blame pwd,they are the ones who advise on how to construct.i was constructing a small wall,i had to get a plan,get it approved by pwd before i could started and on top of that,they were basically checking especially on the footing every day.
    • Lilly (14/09/2020, 11:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thats good. Sounds like you had good supervision, so your wall probably will not fall down.
  • ausar (14/09/2020, 11:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    From the looks of things, it's obvious, the wall was built incorrectly!

    Solid masonry tends to be the best option for this type of enclosure...

    Perhaps, a solid footing,12 feet deep,solidly poured, would have been the best option- slanted, with drainage holes, notwithstanding!!

    This is where proper governmental planning, surveyance, and engineering, is needed but as shown by its current application, LACKING!
  • Me (14/09/2020, 12:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with Ausar. You can see it was poor workmanship.
  • Talk Truth (15/09/2020, 23:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They didn’t go through the right channels to get the wall done correctly, ya can’t tell them people on that end nothing. But they want public works to clean their mess up now. That contractor need to give them back their money for a poor job done! PWD had NOTHING to do with building the wall, only trying to clean up the mess!


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