“Why wait until the heavy rain comes or when a hurricane hits us?” asks Angene.
In the early 1970s and 1980s the maintenance of keeping the streams and bridges cleared of debris and trash was overseen by the community or the Mayor and the village committee, on a Saturday.
Today, people are too busy, and the youth have their sports games on, he said.
“You can’t force them to help out with these things, they either want to be paid in cash or with alcohol.”
In 2016, consultants advised government to budget $175,000 a year to clear debris around bridges, and to complete other work to keep the road network safe.