Wed | Jul 28, 2021

Opposition concerned after tour of Clarendon

Published:Monday | April 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips (centre) walks along a badly damaged road in Four Paths, Clarendon to get homes that were flooded as rains lashed the island for two days. In the foreground are (right) Noel Arscott, spokesman on Local Government and (front) PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson.
Owen Taylor (wearing red shirt), one of two divers who rescued two men whose house was under flood water in Nineteen Miles Clarendon, and Dr Peter Phillips (second right) engage in conversation. They are joined by Duncan Sutherland (right), Opposition spokesman on Local Government Noel Arscott (left) in the background is PNP’s General Secretary Julian Robinson.
Dr Peter Phillips inspects the cleanup operation at the Mount Bethel Jamaica Free Baptist Church in Four Paths, Clarendon, after flood waters drenched the church.

Members of the opposition who toured sections of Clarendon yesterday are expressing concern about the extent of the damage done to the parish by flood waters from rains over the weekend.

Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips, says based on what he has seen, a lot of the damage is largely due to poor maintenance and lack of drain cleaning in most areas.

Phillips is questioning whether the money that was reportedly spent in Clarendon on drain cleaning between last December and January can be justified based on the damage he has seen.


Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips

The worst affected areas include Mineral Heights, Palmetto Pen, Nineteen Miles, parts of York Town, Denbigh and Western Park.

The Woodside Bridge that links Jacob's Hut to Woodside and Race Track has been closed by the National Works Agency after a section of it collapsed as a result of the flooding.