NWA Moving To Clear Blocked Roadways Across The Island

The National Works Agency (NWA) is to clear several roadways in East Rural St Andrew impacted by rainfalls on Monday.

Several of these areas are blocked by landslides caused by rainfall affecting the island due to a trough across Jamaica and the western Caribbean, which continues to produce unstable weather conditions.

According to Communication and Customer Services Manager at NWA, Stephen Shaw, teams from the agency will be mobilized in removing landslides and washed down silt from affected corridors in St Andrew.

“We went into areas yesterday and we are returning today with a view of having the affected areas re-opened. These roads are Dallas Castle, Content and Flamstead. These areas are the ones impacted by landslides,” Mr Shaw told Jamaica Today in an interview.

With regards to a section of Half-Way Tree Road in St. Andrew that collapsed in the vicinity of Retirement Road, Shaw disclosed that the issue was a sewer problem and not a road-related matter. He said it was not clear if the National Water Commission (NWC), who has responsibility, had dealt with the issue.

In Westmoreland, the NWA communications manager said that flood waters are receding in Little London in Westmoreland and there were no reports of damaged roadways.

On Monday, seven people, including children were evacuated from their homes and taken to the Eldin Washington Early Childhood Institution in the community.

Meanwhile, Mr Shaw said that flood waters were also receding in Clarendon.

“We had flooding in the South (of Clarendon) from Alley to Rest and the flood waters are receding I’m advised,” he added.

Teams from the NWA will be visiting other sections of the parish including Kemps Hill and Race Course to make assessments.

Flooding had been reported in sections of Manchester on Monday night. However, Mr Shaw said NWA teams restored some roadways, including the Mandeville to West Corner road, which has been opened to single lane traffic.

Mr Shaw pointed out that things are returning to normal across other sections of the island, with NWA teams continuing their response to sections which have been affected.


Ansray Thomas

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