JIS News

All 24 emergency shelters that were opened in St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland during the passage of Hurricane Dennis on July 7, have now been closed. Some 250 persons who left their homes for precautionary and other reasons to seek shelter, have returned to their homes. At the peak of the passing of the hurricane, three emergency shelters were opened in Westmoreland, nine in Hanover and 12 in St. James.
According to the disaster preparedness Co-ordinators for the parishes of St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland, things were now back to normal.
“Westmoreland is blessed,” said Hilma Tate, the Co-ordinator for that parish, adding that apart from a few minor land slippages in the eastern section of the parish, which was being dealt with by the National Works Agency and the Roads and Works Department of the Parish Council, normal activities have returned.
A similar report came from the parish of Hanover. Desmond Dorman, Co-ordinator for the parish told JIS News that assessments were now being carried out on the road network in the parish.
“What I can say is that the water at Forrest near Chigwell was rising up to yesterday (July 10) when we got there, but residents, from their early warning signs, do not suspect any severe or extended rising of the water. They do not believe there is any danger afoot. However, there is a serious mosquito nuisance,” he added.
In St. James, Olga Headley, the parish Co-ordinator told JIS News that all 135 persons who were in shelters throughout the parish had returned to their homes. She said that assessments were now being carried out on the road network by the Roads and Works Department of the Parish Council.