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Improvement of drains in Santa Elena continues to mitigate flooding Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 July 2017 00:00

Workers from the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council continued to work over the weekend in Santa Elena to improve the drainage network to mitigate flooding. In his usual hands on approach the Mayor of the Twin Towns Earl Trapp Junior accompanied his work crews on Saturday to clear up drains and make way for new ones.

The Council of the Twin Towns is improving the drainage along Eduardo Juan, Mariana Gonzalez and Perez Streets in Santa Elena. Among the plans to improve the drainage system is to cement it to avoid the problems caused by the constant erosion such as from the flash flood experienced during the last two weeks.

While the Town Council is doing its part to improve the drainage, Mayor Earl Trapp is appealing to residents not to clog drains in order to get access to their property. Rather, explains Mayor Trapp, residents should acquire a culvert and seek assistance from the Council to install them.

“When you clog up the drains like that then the water does not flow where it is supposed to flow and when we have torrential rains that is when the water begins the flow and overflows on street and gets into people’s property,” says Mayor Earl Trapp.

While the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council seek to improve drainage, attempts are also being made to pave some four hundred feet of street near the Santa Elena Cemetery.

Mayor Earl Trapp has also commented that with the temporary opening of the new bypass between San Ignacio and Santa Elena there is now less traffic congestion; although the problem does exists on Saturdays. He suggests that a bypass should be built between the market and the Cayo Welcome Center, given that the traffic slowdowns radiates from the pedestrian crossing nearby.