Drain cleaning for Portland's troubled areas
Gareth Davis, Gleaner Writer
PORT ANTONIO, Portland:
THE PORTLAND Parish Council is racing against the clock to carry out major drain-cleaning work in the low-line areas of Port Antonio and other divisions in an effort to minimise the effects of flooding during the Atlantic hurricane season.
Mayor Benny White told The Gleaner recently that all the money from the parochial revenue fund will be spent on drain cleaning.
"Areas like Berridale and sections of Buff Bay are prone to flooding," said White.
He added: "We will be concentrating our drain-cleaning efforts in the Port Antonio area. However, despite the late start, the council's drain-cleaning crew has been actively working day in and day out. Our disaster-preparedness meetings are still taking place so as to ensure that all disaster shelters are suitable and able to accommodate residents who may have to evacuate their homes during a natural disaster."
According to White, all shelter managers are now being trained, and other areas, including a part of Manchioneal and Ginger House that are without disaster shelters, are being examined to see what kind of makeshift plans can be put in place at this stage to accommodate residents who might be forced to abandon their homes in the event that they affected.
But while White is optimistic that the drain-cleaning work will reduce the likelihood of flooding in some areas, he expressed grave concerns about sections of Love Lane, Somers Town Road, and the cenotaph in Port Antonio, which are prone to flooding, and will have to be treated as priority. He said other troubled spots, including St Margaret's Bay, Hope Bay, and Boundbrook, are easily inun-dated during heavy rainfall.