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Dredge work saves town

Repeka Nasiko
Sunday, February 02, 2014

FLOODING in Ba Town could be a thing of the past after dredging works have brought about significant changes to the flood-prone town.

Ba Chamber of Commerce and Industry representative Daniel Elisha said the town was fortunate to have avoided a lot of damage this time round compared to other parts of the Western Division.

"We are grateful that because of the dredging works done recently by government at the Elevuka river, there was not a lot of flooding within the town," he said.

"We did not suffer a lot of damage to our businesses and the rising water level that we used to experience in the past was not felt this time round.

"The flooding in the past is a thing of the past now and for that we are very grateful to government for their help."

Mr Elisha said although floods in Ba these days were not as severe as before, it did not mean that residents should be ignorant of weather warnings.

"One of the good things that came out of this was that people listened to all warnings that were issued and that includes the business community in Ba.

"A lot of businesses in town were not damaged and even the market area was hardly affected.

"But having said that, it does not mean that we should be complacent.

"We should still heed warnings and ensure that we do what we can to protect our homes and people."

Ba Town Council special administrator Pravin Bala said council infrastructure also did not incur any damage.

"We took out parking meters before the flood because in the past water would damage some of the wires in the meter," he said.

"So we removed them manually and now we are working to restore them. We did not have a lot of damage during this flood."