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Hurricane Season: Gov't working to clear ghuts & drains- Hon Rymer

The clearing of drains and ghuts of debris helps in mitigating the adverse effects of heavy rainfall that can cause flooding. Photo: VINO/File
As the 2022 Hurricane season progresses to a slow start, Deputy Premier and Minister for Communication and Works Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) says his ministry is collaborating to address the cleaning of drainages and Ghuts. Photo: GIS/File
As the 2022 Hurricane season progresses to a slow start, Deputy Premier and Minister for Communication and Works Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) says his ministry is collaborating to address the cleaning of drainages and Ghuts. Photo: GIS/File
DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Deputy Premier and Minister for Communication and Works Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) says departments under his ministry are collaborating to address the cleaning of drainages and ghuts, given the opportunity presented by the not-so-active Hurricane Season to date.

The Minister provided an update during the Sixth Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Fourth House of Assembly at Save the Seed Energy Center in Duff’S Bottom, Tortola on July 21, 2022.

Ministry 'prepared'- Hon Rymer

Hon Rymer in a speech said, “The Ministry, through the Public Works Department and the Water and Sewerage Department, is prepared. The Public Works Department is in full throttle readying the territory by ensuring that all drains and ghuts are cleared of debris. This helps in mitigating the adverse effects of heavy rainfall that can cause flooding.

“The Water and Sewerage Department is doing everything to ensure that the water reservoirs are sufficiently filled to mitigate the adverse effect of hurricane force winds,” Hon Rymer said. 

The 2022 Hurricane Season has been off to an extremely slow start with just three named storms that reached tropical storm status (sustained winds 39 – 73 mph) and no hurricanes.

The last-named storm was Tropical Storm Colin, which impacted the USA for the first few days of July.

Forecasters at the US’s NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, are; however, predicting above-average hurricane activity for 2022 fueled by La Niña, and above-average Atlantic temperatures.

7 Responses to “Hurricane Season: Gov't working to clear ghuts & drains- Hon Rymer”

  • LCS (22/07/2022, 10:37) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    This should be done regularly. The hurricane season started on June 01, It's soon August. Almost two months late.
  • Watch and See (22/07/2022, 11:44) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    They will wait until the hurricane is a few miles off Virgin Gorda before they start to clean the ghuts
    • vg massive (22/07/2022, 13:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @watch and see @ STFU” i doubt you ever once help do anything on VG!! The VG PWd are the most active set of guys i know.
  • Want 2 Kno (22/07/2022, 14:13) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Didn't Hurricane season begin on June 1? What happened to the "preparations" we're urged to follow? This should be done regularly, not only in Hurricane season!!
  • Nancy (22/07/2022, 16:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    from since the last hurricane huntums ghut has never had the grass cut down on the side of the roads. these new solid waste workers are very lazy.and those in charge of them is not doing a check to see if it is properly done.
  • Really (22/07/2022, 16:39) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I'm living in a brainless world. The big question is why can the government give you the weather forecast for 3 weeks, who's speaking to God know. The Almighty Creator gives the perfect weather that our body can take and the elites alters it. When Irma was about to hit why did flow text the storm is coming now and all system was down, are you saying God texted us to let us know right before he destroy the beautiful world he created wow. I am really in a brainwash world with programmed people who don't ask questions. No one asked why is everything turn upside down. What's bad is good now
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (23/07/2022, 12:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    According to the Hon. Kyle Rymer " ghuts should be cleaned regularly." He is corrected, base on on the fact that the past practiced of concreted the major ghut bottoms have rarely been done.
    Trees of various sizes bushes, and grass grow rapidly soon after been cleared by backhoes, be of dirt-bottom ghut. The ghut in district 8th next to East End Police Station is a prime example of this comment.
    .uch to much of the tax payers money are have, are continuing being wasting on these project.
    Yes, the cleaning of ghuts is necessary at this time, but the regular cleaning will not be needed, if we used our knowledge more wiser. It is time to work more and talk less. In other words, we should let our work speak for us, rather than talk much, and do little.
    A matter of fact, the whole are seawards in the Fat Hog's Bay/Long Swamp is messy, gabbage eye-soaring looking area that need urgent attention now, factual truth.
    All of the previous goverments share in the blame for their neglected of this area.


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