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$175m in emergency funding made available to municipal corporations

Published:Tuesday | May 16, 2017 | 5:16 AM
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Some $175 million has been made available to Municipal Corporations to respond to the impact of the heavy rains over the weekend.

Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie, says the emergency funding is to address critical infrastructure repairs in six parishes.

McKenzie says the allocation is primarily to facilitate the restoration of access to people within and between communities.

Additionally, he says all Municipal Corporations will receive funding for Phase One of their annual mitigation programmes.

The local government minister says the recurrence of moderate to heavy rains and damage caused in such a short time is why his ministry is undertaking the review of existing structures to see where drainage capacity can be significantly expanded in the short- to medium-term.

McKenzie says his ministry will collaborate with the National Works Agency to ensure that an infrastructure programme is developed to address the problem of flooding.