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North Street repairs continues this week

Published:Tuesday | June 6, 2017 | 6:00 AM

Road repairs being carried out by the National Water Commission (NWC) along East and North streets in Kingston may be completed as soon as today, according to Karen Williams, acting corporate and public relations manager at NWC.

In the aftermath of recent heavy rains, several sinks in varying sizes and depths have now riddled the road, rendering sections impassable.

"From what we've gathered from our engineering department, it was a broken sewer lateral in the vicinity of Missionaries of the Poor property. This problem is not as a result of the recent work carried out there but instead, it was an issue with a drain located along East Street that would have caused this to happen," Williams told The Gleaner.

"The sink along East Street is because water from the storm drain keeps seeping into the trench. Both of them are being repaired. The lateral was fixed and we're doing repair work to refill the area. The process is ongoing but should be completed by the week's end."

In December, the NWC undertook a multimillion-dollar rehabilitation project on a section of North Street, which was supposed to remedy the decade-old problem of raw sewage overflowing on North Street near St George's College.

However, though the visible flow of sewage has ceased, residents raised complaints to The Gleaner news team last week regarding a foul-smelling odour, particularly after Thursday's rains.