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Flooding brings problems

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, February 23, 2013

DEBRIS collecting in culverts is a reoccurring problem for the Lautoka City Council especially during heavy rains.

This was evident on Thursday as some major city streets were inundated with floodwaters as vehicles manoeuvred through the flooded streets.

LCC special administrator Praveen Bala said culverts were becoming blocked with debris flowing from nearby residential areas.

"The drainage system in the main central business district area is interconnected with nearby residential areas like Simla," he said.

"Debris and rubbish flowing from these areas are causing blockages to the culverts and drainage systems within the city area."

On Thursday LCC officials were called to various locations within the city to address the issue of blocked culverts.

"Our workers were moving around to these areas to assess the problem and do what they can to fix them." Mr Bala also reiterated the need for people to refrain from dumping their rubbish into drains.

"This is an issue of common sense.

"People need to dispose their rubbish properly and not dump them into our drains.

"Our streets become flooded and blocked making them not only dangerous for drivers but also for pedestrians as well."

Mr Bala said council officers had to work until midnight on Thursday to remove debris blocking drains along Nede St in Lautoka.

"We found large logs and rubbish blocking the drainage system near Value City," said Mr Bala.

The Nadi District Office also addressed a similar problem at the town's bus stand on Thursday.

"Blocked drains were the cause of the bus stand flooding yesterday (Thursday) and that issue is being looked at by the Nadi Town Council," said Nadi district officer, Peni Koro.


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