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5 Million for Flood Mitigation in Belize City Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

A relief from excessive and prolonged flooding for Belize City residents is now on the horizon. Four sets of contracts under the Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Program were signed on Monday of this week by the Hon. Rene Montero, the Minister of Works and Transport. The contracts were signed with three major partners in the conference room of the Ministry of Works and Transport on Power Lane in Belmopan on Monday of this week.

Works for the Bill Lindo Canal, which will involve the construction of concrete lined and earthen canal was signed with Meheia’s United Concrete Supplies and will cost $892,250.00. The works for this project should start on September 4th and be eight months in duration.

Meanwhile; a contract for Link Road (Apollo Street), to carry forward an upgrade to this street, was also signed with M and R Construction Ltd, which has been budgeted for $1,077,425.86. This work should start on September 4th and end on May 2, 2015.

The mega projects of the Douglas Jones and North Side Canal have gone to Medina’s Construction limited. The Douglas Jones Canal work will involve the construction of a concrete lined and covered canal at a cost of $1,813,629.88 While the North Side Canal will include the cleaning of the existing canal and the lining with a ‘vynil sheet pile’ at a cost of $1,935,150.00.

“They all went through the due diligence in terms of the companies [that] had to bid for these projects,” said the Hon. Rene Montero, on Monday, towards the Flood Mitigation Project that will have a total cost of $5,718,455.74

Some areas of Belize City are up to one foot above sea level and the prospects of Climate Change and accompanying sea level rise are all issues that now have to be considered by residents.  It is for this reason that the Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Project has been sponsored by the Government of Belize and the Inter-American Development Bank to alleviate the flooding conditions in the Belama Areas of Belize City from Phase One to Phase Four.

“It is not to stop [flooding]…the flood mitigation infrastructure program is to try to reduce the duration and the impact from the flooding in the area,” says Lennox Bradley, Chief Engineer at the Ministry of Works and Transport.

The Flood Mitigation Infrastructural Program is being supervised by local engineer Carlos Chan and is being overseen by Chief Engineer Lennox Bradley. Chief Executive Officer within the Ministry of Works, Errol Gentle, will be responsible to ensure that quality work occurs on the ground.

The start of flood mitigation in Belize City is just one portion of a loan agreement that was signed by the Government of Belize with the Inter-American Development Bank in November of 2011, which should end in November of 2016. This agreement will involve the upgrading of four streets and also the construction of four canal links in Belize City and will be centered in Belama Three and Four and also to the North Side near Bottom Dalla. The cost for these infrastructural works are Bz $21.5 Million; with the Government of Belize coming up with a counterpart of Bz $1.5 Million.

While the flood control works are to be continued with a sense of great earnest in Belize City, it has to be information driven. As such, the Project Team started a Geographic Information System study on August 14th, which will last for six months. The data collected therein will be handed over by the Project Team to the Belize City Council for them to manipulate, after which another study on risk assessment will be done.