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Sagicor Group rejects claims its development contributed to Clarendon flooding

Published:Tuesday | April 25, 2017 | 4:12 AM
Several houses in Palmetto Pen, Clarendon, were almost covered by rising waters on Saturday as a result of heavy rains.

Sagicor Group Jamaica has rejected claims it may have breached guidelines for its development in Clarendon, contributing to the flooding in the parish.

Clarendon was the worst affected by the rains over the weekend.

Among other things, several houses and roads were flooded leaving a number of communities cut off.

The flooding has reportedly affected more than 5,000 people.

In a statement, Sagicor said its Millennium Mall development in Mineral Heights, which started more than two years ago, received the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities.

The company further says following the reception of all approvals, infrastructural work on storm water drainage, roads and sewage lines were undertaken and completed.

Sagicor says the site was inspected against the approved plans and conditions and was found to be compliant.

The company says it took it upon itself to clean the entire drainage system in the area as it was not cleaned for a number of years.

Sagicor says it will be working with parish council along with community stakeholders to upgrade the entire drainage network.