THE decision to raise the crossing at Navala in Ba will depend on the outcome of an assessment of the Ba River being undertaken by the Commissioner Western's office and the Public Works Department's Hydrology Unit.
Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki said they wanted to find out whether the new dam in Monasavu had anything to do with the water level in the Ba River.
Cdr Cawaki said a certain percentage of water was emptied into the river when the dam reached its full capacity.
He said if it was ascertained that this caused flooding of low-lying areas, then work on raising the height of the crossing would be pursued.
"So we will expect that with the next rain, the Navala crossing will be under water," he said.
"Once we get a confirmation from the hydrology on the test or survey of their assessment, if that has changed, then the issue will be taken up to the Fiji Roads Authority to raise the level of crossing.
"Definitely, it will be raised but why is it not happening, it's because FRA is reforming at the moment. Come first January, our submission will be given to FRA to raise the Navala crossing. Their concern is genuine. Some crossings will be under water when it rains while some will remain dry."
Meanwhile, Cdr Cawaki urged villagers to report their concerns to their district officer.
"This happens to be the Fijian mentally, they wait for something to go wrong then complain," he said.