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VIDEO: Mayor says Kingston prepared for Hurricane Matthew

Published:Saturday | October 1, 2016 | 10:33 PM
A work crew clearing a section of the Palisadoes main road this morning after it was blocked by silt and other debris during high tides last night.

Mayor for Kingston and St Andrew Dr Angella Brown-Burke says she is satisfied with the level of preparedness in Kingston and St Andrew ahead of Hurricane Matthew, now a category four storm heading to Jamaica.

But Brown-Burke who today toured several low-lying areas across the corporate area, told The Gleaner that flooding remains a possibility and so emergency work is underway to open blocked carriages.

"Some of them will require five times the entire budget we have. We have put a little mitigation in place, and we have alerted the councillors," the mayor said.

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According to the mayor, some of the drains were clogged by fridges, trees, tires and other large materials.

Brown-Burke says there were also countless Styrofoam and plastic bottles.

As part of the preparedness programme, shelters across the corporate areas have been opened and equipment are on standby to respond to emergencies and blockages especially in areas identified as routes for emergency vehicles.

The mayor says homeless people who usually shelter in downtown, Kingston are being relocated.

Earlier today, work crews spent several hours clearing silt and other debris from the Palisadoes main road near the Norman Manley International Airport which was made impassable during high tides last night.