Funding arranged for emergency work in Portland
The government will be providing an additional $5 million to carry out further emergency works in sections of East Portland that were severely affected by heavy rains recently.
This was announced by State Minister for transport, Works and Housing Richard Azan, following a tour of the worst-affected areas of the parish on Wednesday.
Heavy rains lashed Portland for several hours on December 1, which resulted in homes being destroyed or flooded out, land slippage, and devastation to crops.
Azan indicated that an
assessment would have to be done to determine the amount of funding required for the longer-term repairs to roads and
Minister of Local Government and Community Development Noel Arscott, who was also on the tour, said that the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, as well as the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, had done some intervention in terms of providing mattresses, tarpaulins, and foodstuff for the most needy families.
"We are now going to put together a package to see how we can best respond from the local government side. Already, the (Portland Parish) Council has spent in the region of $3 million to $4 million to do minimal work," he informed.
Arscott said a "comprehensive approach" would be taken to address the recurring problems caused by heavy rainfall in Portland and other parts of the island.