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    A team from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is currently in the country assessing the repairs to be done to the Sandy Gully, which was damaged during the heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Nicole.
    Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Mike Henry, who was speaking at the post Cabinet press briefing held on (October 27) at the Office of the Prime Minister, informed that the team will compile a report to be brought before the CDB board for its approval on December 11, 2010.
    “This is critical and urgent overall. The total cost of the restoration of the Sandy Gully is US$27 million. The first phase of implementation is $1.44 billion and this programme will focus exclusively on the Sandy Gully drainage network, which was extensively damaged by Nicole,” Mr. Henry said.
    Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the National Works Agency (NWA), Patrick Wong, informed while repairs will begin this financial year “a lot of it will be carried over into the next financial year”.
    “We are going to be focusing on the inverts that have been damaged over the years because that is what is causing the collapse of the rubble walls and as such we are going to be reinforcing the inverts,” he said.
    He added that “we are also going to be using reinforced concrete for the walls that have been breached and so those repairs will commence in December 11, 2010 and the second phase should be completed July 2011.”