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NWA to undertake $98 million drain cleaning programme

Published:Thursday | September 20, 2018 | 9:59 AM

The National Works Agency (NWA) says it is to undertake a $95.8 million disaster mitigation programme.

The NWA says this is the second such drain cleaning programme implemented since the start of the 2018 hurricane season and is to be rolled out islandwide.

Communication Manager at the NWA Stephen Shaw says the programme targets critical drains and gullies that have been identified for attention.

Shaw says critical drains are integral to the drainage network and include those in perennial flood prone areas.

He says the programme of work is still being finalised in some parishes, but the NWA expects the cleaning exercise to be executed over the next eight weeks.

He says consultations have taken place with elected representatives in each parish so as to involve a wide cross section of persons in the discussions on which drains should be done.

Shaw says this approach is being used, as the budget cannot satisfy the demands placed on the agency by some communities.

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