Water systems repair
Minor water systems in St Thomas and Portland, which were damaged during the recent heavy rains, are to be repaired. Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie revealed that $1.5 million will be provided to the parish councils to begin works. He said that Portland will receive $500,000 and St Thomas $750,000.
The minister was speaking on Tuesday before touring sections of Portland to assess the extent of the damage to parochial roads and water systems from the heavy rainfall last month. Among areas visited were Clear Spring, Seaview Farm and Johnny Hill.
McKenzie noted that overall damage to infrastructure in both parishes is estimated at $50 million, with St Thomas accounting for close to $43 million.
He said further review and discussion will be held with the technical officers in the ministry to see how best other repairs can be facilitated.
As it relates to the rehabilitation of roads, McKenzie pointed out that, with the hurricane season to begin in June, the Government has to be careful about carrying out extensive works at this time. He noted, however, that measures will be put in place to ensure that thoroughfares are passable.