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Clear Springs residents marooned after bridge collapses

Published:Tuesday | December 16, 2014 | 12:43 AM

Gareth Davis, Gleaner Writer



At least fifteen families at Clear Spring in East Portland are now cut off from the rest of the parish following the collapse of a bridge in that community during the heavy rains.




The concrete foot bridge, which was built in 2011 following the collapse of the original structure, was washed away between Sunday night and yesterday morning.



Mayor of Port Antonio, Benny White yesterday afternoon said there needs to be a quick response.



He says the destruction of the bridge will hamper the movement of residents including students and working persons.



White notes that the foot bridge is the only access for residents, who are now unable to leave or re-enter their community.



Meanwhile, councillor for the Fairy Hill Division, Derron Wood, says he has made repeated calls for assistance in relation to the bridge, especially since the latest structure was unable to accommodate vehicular traffic.



He says it would be detrimental if there were any form of emergency in the community.



He is appealing for a Bailey bridge to be built in the community.



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