Port Maria prepared for hurricane season
Orantes Moore, Gleaner Writer
Port Maria, St Mary:
In an effort to ensure St Mary's capital is prepared for the hurricane season, Port Maria's mayor, Levan Freeman, has embarked on a parishwide community consultation programme and struck up a mutually beneficial partnership with the National Works Agency (NWA).
Freeman believes the best way to protect the town from potential danger is to unblock the gutters, particularly those in coastal areas; and communicate disaster preparedness strategies to as many residents as possible.
"Since last month, we have held community meetings in different areas almost every week; and the parish council has made special allocations to the respective divisions to ensure their drains are kept clean," Freeman told The Gleaner recently.
In an attempt to alleviate the problem of flooding in the low-lying areas, the mayor stressed that he was success-ful in getting the NWA to clean some of the drains, including those that run under the road, which requires a special machine.
"We are prepared, to the best of our abilities, to do as much mitigation work as possible, but one of the challenges we face is that hurricanes often displaced the residents of the low-lying areas," said Freeman.
The mayor is insisting that residents can assist in the process by stop flooding the gullies with garbage. Pardella Brown, a resident of the community, believes that the problem of flooding may not resolve anytime soon.
"Whenever it rains heavily, undoubtedly, there will be flooding in Port Maria, particularly in the Pagee and Kirk Lane areas. This is something we expect when it rains," argued Brown.