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St Mary PC estimates weekend flood damage at $180m

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2014 | 8:36 AM

PORT MARIA, Jamaica:

The St Mary Parish Council has estimated the damage caused by last weekend's rains at $180 million.

Mayor of Port Maria, Councillor Levan Freeman, gave the figure during a tour of the parish on Tuesday.

The tour was led by State Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Richard Azan.

While noting that most of the roadways had been cleared, Azan said there are areas that have been cut off because of severe road damage.

He said the technical team is still conducting an assessment and it is expected that the final cost of the damage could be much higher.

He said a full report is expected to be ready by tomorrow and a submission is to be made to the Cabinet on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Port Maria Mayor has urged residents to seek the approval of the parish council, when constructing buildings.

It was identified that while the flooding was caused by blocked drains, part of the problem was the obstruction of water courses by homes and other structures.

The flooding in St Mary was triggered by a Stationary Front which brought heavy rains and gusty winds to sections of Jamaica.


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