Sun | Dec 17, 2017

Authorities prepared to work day, night to ready flooded MoBay for global conference

Published:Thursday | November 23, 2017 | 10:51 AM
A car left damaged by floodwaters which also extensively damaged roads in Montego Bay, St James - Contributed photo

Local authorities say they are prepared to work day and night to restore Montego Bay, St James to order following yesterday’s flood which left numerous streets and buildings under water, garbage and silt.

Cars piled on each other as flood waters tossed them about and several buildings collected huge amounts of water, mud and other debris.

READ: Downtown MoBay ugly after flood rains

The race is on to prepare the city for the United Nations/World Trade Organisation Global Tourism Conference scheduled for next Monday to Wednesday.

More than 800 people from several countries are expected to attend.

“If we have to go 24 hours straight, we will have to,” said MoBay mayor Homer Davis this morning on Independent Talk on Power 106FM.

It could be a challenging task, however, as western parishes are expected to get more rains.

READ: Flash Flood warning extended for Hanover, St James, Westmoreland and St Elizabeth

He said the St James Municipal Corporation will have to draw down on its emergency fund.

However, according to the mayor, more money will be needed and he hopes Prime Minister Andrew Holness will make an announcement when he visits the parish today.

Meanwhile, all schools have been ordered closed and Mayor Davis is advising people to avoid the western city as workmen begin to clean up streets left in ruins.

Videos posted on social media sites show streets covered in mud and the RIU hotel lobby under water.

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