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NWA technical team dispatched to flood-hit St Ann

Published:Monday | December 12, 2016 | 10:27 AM

A technical team from the National Works Agency (NWA) is to be dispatched to sections of St Ann following yesterday's heavy rains that left significant damage to road infrastructure and flooded homes and public buildings.

Sections of St Mary were also affected. 

NWA teams worked late into yesterday evening to clear some blocked drains and reopen some roads at least to single lane traffic.

The important Brown's Town to Discovery Bay roadway remains impassable.

NWA communications manager, Stephen Shaw says the technical team will focus on the drainage systems in St Ann that contributed to the flooding.


Meanwhile, Shaw says the NWA had been implementing a flood mitigation system in the parish but that was overwhelmed by the volume of water that came through the channels.

In Runaway Bay, he says the drainage situation is peculiar but up to yesterday, it had worked well.


NWA communications manager, Stephen Shaw

Yesterday, the Runaway Bay Police Station had to be evacuated while some residents of nearby communities were forced out of their homes.

Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association executive Vana Taylor, has said hotels in the Runaway Bay area were not adversely affected by the flood.

According to the Meteorological Service of Jamaica the heavy rain across northern parishes was influenced by a Surface Trough that moved across Jamaica on Saturday night into Sunday.

Meanwhile, the St Ann North Western Member of Parliament Dr Dayton Campbell says some communities remain cut off.

He says he's hoping the full extent of the damage in all communities can be assessed today.

However, Campbell says Dumbarton and communities in Runaway Bay are clearly among the worst affected.

The MP also says the authorities will have to consider activating emergency shelters if the rains continues.