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Mosquito Creek red flag
Monday, October 28 2013
THE EDITOR: Having observed the construction of a vehicular lane along the South Trunk Road, commonly known to Southerners as the “Mosquito Creek”, a few concerns must be mentioned. In total a few acres of mangrove have been cleared. These would have served as a partial flood barrier when water backs up into the mangrove during high tide. A “drain or mini-flood gate” which is currently in use would be blocked off when construction of the roadway gets to that point.
Would any change to this delicate eco-system affect flooding in the future? As it is now, the present roadway in use, sometimes “floods” and creates havoc in terms of traffic. Would the situation be exacerbated by this new lane? If the engineers are hoping that the new lane acts as a sort of levy, well the only place for the excess water to go, during high tide, would be the present lane, which is currently the lowest point. While there’s a definite need for a traffic solution, I hope the powers that be aren’t fixing one problem only to be faced with a bigger one in the future.
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