Interruptions in NIC’s Service Operations

Photo: Contributed (nicjamaica.com) Sections of the Rio Cobre Dam maintained by NIC.

Story Highlights

  • The National Irrigation Commission Limited (NIC) wishes to advise that it has activated its disaster preparedness plan in an effort to mitigate the effects of possible flooding from the unstable weather conditions which have been affecting the island.
  • The stated actions will result in the disruption of service to our customers. The NIC apologizes for any inconvenience caused to our customers.
  • Please be assured that we are working to restore the irrigation service in the shortest possible time. While we wait for the water to recede in the affected areas, we urge you to take the necessary action to keep safe and preserve life and property.

The National Irrigation Commission Limited (NIC) wishes to advise that it has activated its disaster preparedness plan in an effort to mitigate the effects of possible flooding from the unstable weather conditions which have been affecting the island.

Please note the following updates for our respective regions:

  • Eastern Region (St Catherine Irrigation District, St Dorothy’s –Old Harbour, Yallahs –St. Thomas):
    • The Rio Cobre irrigation system has been shut down; that is, all washout gates were opened while the canal in-take gates were closed to allow the storm water to run off into the river. The NIC canals serve as storm water drains during periods of heavy rainfall.
    • The Yallahs irrigation system has been shut down.
  • Central Region (Mid-Clarendon & New Forest, Manchester):
    • All mitigation measures including adjustment to back-up and washout gates have been done in the Mid-Clarendon District.
    • The irrigation system is fully operational in the New Forest District.
  • Western Region (Hounslow, St. Elizabeth & Braco, Trelawny):
    • The irrigation systems are fully operational in the Hounslow and Braco Districts.

The above actions will result in the disruption of service to our customers.

The NIC apologizes for any inconvenience caused to our customers.

Please be assured that we are working to restore the irrigation service in the shortest possible time. While we wait for the water to recede in the affected areas, we urge you to take the necessary action to keep safe and preserve life and property.

A message from the National Irrigation Commission Limited; Irrigation…Making the Difference in Agriculture.

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