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Portland devastated - Losses from weekend rain to run into hundreds of millions - Vaz

Published:Tuesday | January 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor
Member of Parliament for West Portland Daryl Vaz has described the flood damage done in his constituency and the rest of the parish is "severe devastation".
The roads are turned to rivers in West Portland and residents have resorted to rafing in the streets as means of transportation.
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Member of Parliament for West Portland, Daryl Vaz, is projecting that the damage caused by the weekend's heavy rains in the parish will run into hundreds of millions of dollars.

The assessment of the damage started yesterday, but Vaz told The Gleaner that based on what he has seen in his constituency and the reports from East Portland the cost will be massive.

"The situation in West Portland and the rest of the parish is severe devastation," said Vaz.

"We have a number of communities that are marooned, either because of the height of the water or because of landslides and roadblocks, not to mention that all the rivers are in spate and most of them have broken their banks which has created more flooding and the destruction of property," added Vaz.

 

Produce, livestock washed away

 

He said the farming communities have been hard hit, with produce and livestock washed away, and with roads and other infrastructure also damaged.

"Hopefully we will get some help from the government agencies, and relief efforts are now well under way. Thankfully, there have been no reports of loss of life, but a number of structures on the riverbanks have had their foundations eroded and they are under threat to fall into the rivers so we will have to deal with that," said Vaz.

arthur.hall@gleanerjm.com