The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will begin a comprehensive drain-cleaning programme which will be targeting more than 100 drains across the Corporate Area.
This annual cleaning programme seeks to reduce flooding and forms part of the Municipality’s hurricane-preparedness activities.
Mayor of Kingston, Senator, Councillor Delroy Williams, provided details at a sitting of the KSAMC on June 9, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.
He said, thereafter, approximately 23 non-coastal drains will be cleaned in communities in 10 Divisions.
“In all, about  critical drains will be cleaned, both coastal and non-coastal over the next few weeks, and that is part of our preparation for the hurricane season,” he said.
Senator Williams said following the completion of the cleaning exercise for coastal and non-coastal drains, a number of regular drains will be cleaned.
“So basically, at the end of it, we would have had a comprehensive cleaning of drains amounting to easily over 100 drains being cleaned across the Municipality in preparation for the hurricane season,” he added.
Councillor Williams informed that the list consisting of drains has been completed by the City Engineer’s Department of the Municipality.
He said by next week, Councillors will be advised of the drains that will be cleaned in their Divisions.
“At that time, you can raise questions or you can just assist the process in terms of the drains that the Engineer’s Department has identified,” he said.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30.
According to forecasters an above-normal 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season between 13 and 19 tropical storms could develop, which is above the average of 12 a year.