~Household garbage is a major issue during recent flooding. ~
PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Public Housing and Infrastructure Egbert Jurendy Doran announced on Wednesday that during the recent rainfall there was an increase in the water levels in the pond, as such the ministry has taken the initiative to unitize the Great Bay opening while enlisting the help of the fire department to provide additional pumps that are now being used at the pump house in Sucker Garden.
Doran said that two of the pumps are not fully functional, and as such a request has been made with the Dutch Government namely BZK to have these pumps replaced.
The Minister explained that the ministry is charged with the maintenance and repairs of the pumps but the Ministry does not have the budget to fully replace them. He explained that the pumps have been damaged through salt corrosion.
The Minister of VROMI also explained that one of the main hindrances during the recent rainfall where several areas have been flooded was caused by improper disposal of household garbage.
Doran said in one area a wall fell in the drainage while a refrigerator was found in another. He called on residents to properly dispose of their garbage in order to avoid flooding.