Residents clean up in Piat in preparation for hurricane season
Clean up in Piat, Grande Riviere
“We the executive of the Mountain View Homeowners and Residents Association are very concerned.”
So said Association President Ruth Mc Farlane in reaction to the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season.
Days ahead of the official opening of the season, residents of the Mountain View Homeowners and Residents Association in Piat, Grande Riviere, began clearing debris from clogged drains in the community, taking precautionary measures in ensuring the community is prepared.
Poor drainage in the community over the years has led to continuous flooding during heavy rains, which has left the road network in the community in a deplorable state.
“This is the dry season and the rainy season is about to come so we decided that we are going to do a cleanup,” Mc Farlane explained last week.
The executive of the Association, while practising social distancing as part of COVID-19 protocols, began clearing the entrance to the community where garbage is usually dropped off for pick up.
The debris filled drains were cleared and bagged and made ready for pickup by the sanitary team.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, garbage collection is now being done once a week rather than the usual two days a week.
Despite that, there is still a buildup of garbage on non-collection days, which poses many health risks to residents of the community.
“The days the garbage is not collected, the animals are taking them and spreading them around, so we decided to do a cleanup exercise”
Mc Farlane explained, “Garbage litters your community and if your community is dirty it means that the citizens in the community are likewise, so it reflects on the people who live in the community. If you have a dirty area in your community it means that you harbor garbage.”