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NWA clearing roads affected by heavy rains in eastern parishes

Published:Friday | November 18, 2016 | 1:25 PM

The National Works Agency (NWA) says it is now working to clear a number of roads which have been blocked by heavy rains affecting mainly the eastern parishes.

Following heavy rains yesterday a number of areas were flooded and roads were rendered impassable in St Mary, Portland and St Thomas.


NWA Communication Manager, Stephen Shaw says most of the road clearance is currently being done in St Mary.


NWA Communications Manager, Stephen Shaw

Shaw says the NWA is also working to restore a section of the Big Spring roadway in Portland’s Rio Grande Valley which was rendered impassable.

He says teams are on alert to respond to road blocks which may occur in St Thomas.

Meanwhile, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) says 17 people in Portland had to be rescued by fire personnel yesterday.

ODPEM says the residents of the Orange Bay, Spring Garden and neighbouring communities should be commended for seeking help before it was too late.

ODPEM says faced with the possibility of flooding and being marooned, at their homes and in a kindergarten facility, individuals called on the national response mechanism for assistance.

It says a rescue mission by the Jamaica Fire Brigade ensured that there was no injury or loss of life.

ODPEM says as the inclement weather persists, persons in the areas being impacted, should take every reasonable step to protect life.