Clean spaces = happy faces!
Despite the inclement weather, residents of the North Sophia community came out in their numbers to participate in a scheduled clean-up exercise on Sunday, December 4, 2022.
Some residents explained that for years nothing was done about their drainage situation. As a result, when it rains there is massive flooding, and the community is under water for much longer than it should be.
Shawn Robinson, a resident of North Sophia, expressed heartfelt gratitude for the work that the Government has done and continues to do for community development. A trend Robinson said he hopes will continue with much frequency. Several other residents have expressed similar sentiments.
During the exercise, Hon. Minister within the Ministry of Loca Government and Regional Development, Anand Persaud met and spoke with the residents many of whom voiced their concerns over electricity theft, squatters, dumping of garbage, drainage, and irrigation.
Minister Persaud has committed to return to North Sophia to continue to assist with the clearing of drains and canals as the rainy season approaches. This will alleviate the magnitude of flooding experienced in that neighbourhood. He has also committed to ensuring that the concerns raised during the exercise are handled by the appropriate agencies.
Also lending their support were the Ministries of Agriculture and Public Works who sent out excavators to assist with the desilting and cleaning vegetation in the canals and small drains.