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New Haven residents worry as Sandy approches

Published: Wednesday October 24, 2012 | 11:07 am Comments 0
A tractor clears debris in New Haven, St Andrerw- Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer
A tractor clears debris in New Haven, St Andrerw- Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer
A resident complains about flooding in New Haven, St Andrew- Norman Grindley/Staff Photographer
A resident complains about flooding in New Haven, St Andrew- Norman Grindley/Staff Photographer

Arthur Hall, Senior Staff Reporter

Emergency crews are now conducting last ditch efforts in New Haven St Andrew to prevent a repeat of the flooding that affects the community whenever it rains.




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Kingston's Mayor Angela Brown Burke, senior government minister Philip Paulwell, officials of several government agencies toured the community a short while ago to observe the emergency work, but some residents were not impressed.

They told The Gleaner that two of three main drain pipes which take water from their community into the Duhaney River have been blocked for some time and the authorities have not come to visit until now that Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the country.

The residents noted that surface water from areas including Plantation Heights, Forrest Hil,l Queen Hill and Patrick City flow through their community to get to the river. With the drains blocked the water has nowhere to go so persons are flooded out of their houses.

Already, with the rains yesterday, several streets in the community are flooded and residents are worried that it will only get worse as Hurricane Sandy draws closer.

arthur.hall@gleanerjm.com

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