Fellowship gets flood warning system
The community of Fellowship in Portland is set to benefit from the installation of a comprehensive flood early warning system. The equipment was handed over during a ceremony at the Fellowship Baptist Church on October 31.
Fellowship is vulnerable to flooding caused by several factors such as high stream and river flow during heavy rainfall.
Grant assistance valued at US$45,000 (approximately J$5.7 million), provided by the USAID-funded Ja REEACH II project, enabled the installation of the early warning system.
The equipment has been installed at strategic sections throughout the mid-Rio Grande Valley through partnership with the Water Resources Authority.
“I am glad that the system is now in place to give us enough time as a community to take action whenever it rains so that it can lessen the impact of the flooding in the community,” Icema Swire, a flood victim and community member.
Peter Clarke, deputy managing director of the Water Resources Authority, spoke about the significance of the early warning system for the community.
“Fellowship has a history of flooding and history of loss. We have an obligation to try and keep all our citizens as safe as we can. There are communities that are extremely vulnerable Fellowship is one of those extreme vulnerable community and such it is natural that it is one of the first that would have been chosen for this project,” he said.
The Water Resources Authority is currently collecting real time rainfall and river flow data for developing a flood prediction model for the Rio Grande Valley.