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  • All roads that are blocked as a result of Tropical Storm Earl will be cleared by the end of Wednesday (August 3).
  • Speaking at a press conference at the Office at the Prime Minister today (August 3) Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, informed that the National Works Agency (NWA) and parish councils are working to clear the blockages.
  • The Tropical Storm Warning for the island was discontinued yesterday (August 2) evening by the Meteorological Service as significant improvement in weather conditions is now being experienced.

All roads that are blocked as a result of Tropical Storm Earl will be cleared by the end of Wednesday (August 3).

Speaking at a press conference at the Office at the Prime Minister today (August 3) Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, informed that the National Works Agency (NWA) and parish councils are working to clear the blockages.

He said the affected roads are in the parishes of St. Mary, St. James, Portland, Westmoreland, Kingston and Manchester.

“We had challenges in terms of the infrastructure in St. Mary where a number of roads were blocked, and the National Works Agency (NWA), along with the St. Mary Parish Council, has moved to clear those roads,” he said.

Regarding the flooding in sections of Montego Bay, the Minister said the water subsided less than half an hour after the rain stopped. “So, everything is back to normal in St. James,” he said.

He noted that the National Works Agency and the parish councils in St. James and Portland have also cleared fallen trees and restored downed traffic signals in those parishes.

Mr. McKenzie said several parishes, including St. James, St. Mary, Trelawny, sections of the Corporate Area, Manchester, Westmoreland and sections of Portland experienced significant rainfall during the recent rains associated with Tropical Storm Earl.

The Tropical Storm Warning for the island was discontinued yesterday (August 2) evening by the Meteorological Service as significant improvement in weather conditions is now being experienced.