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  • Flood prone communities across the island are now better equipped to deal with the hazard as a result of the Government spending over $4 billion on mitigation measures.
  • Money was spent over the last financial year, where a number of gullies were built, and existing ones cleaned, as part of the flood mitigation programme.
  • Mrs. Simpson Miller said work will continue to improve infrastructure in communities across the island, which include tourist resorts, and agricultural areas.

Flood prone communities across the island are now better equipped to deal with the hazard as a result of the Government spending over $4 billion on mitigation measures.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who made the announcement during her 2014/2015 Budget Debate presentation in the House, on Tuesday, April 29, noted that the money was spent over the last financial year, where a number of gullies were built, and existing ones cleaned, as part of the flood mitigation programme.

Among the areas that saw major work, were the Sandy Gully, in St. Andrew; Capital Heights in Green Pond, St. James; Black River Seawall, in St. Elizabeth; Roselle and Yallahs, in St. Thomas; Rio Cobre and Port Henderson Drive, in St. Catherine, and Nightingale Grove, also in the parish.

“We also completed a number of bridges during the period – we are literally connecting growth with development,” the Prime Minister said. The Rio Grande Bridge, in Portland, was among the $7.56 billion bridge programme across the island.

Others included the Westmoreland Bridge in St. Mary, which was destroyed by floods; and the Cassia Park and Queensborough bridges in St. Andrew.

“Additional bridges built included those at: 11 Miles, in St. Thomas; Port Maria, Eden River and Fontabelle, in St. Mary; Crooked River, Clarendon; Craig Mill, in Portland; and Kintyre, in St. Andrew. We are going for growth and development, working for the people,” the Prime Minister said.

While announcing a $1 billion water project for the installation of pipes from Old Harbour to Manchester, Mrs. Simpson Miller said work will continue to improve infrastructure in communities across the island, which include tourist resorts, and agricultural areas.