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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Office of National Reconstruction (ONR), Danville Walker, has reported that the site earmarked for the relocation of over 200 families in Portland Cottage, Clarendon did not suffer any flooding in the recent passage of Hurricane Dennis.
Mr. Walker told JIS News that the area, which was approximately 70 acres, was 60 feet above sea level, and had adequate drainage. He added that there were other lots available at the site for those who wished to purchase them.
“It is important for us to realize that where we are relocating people to, did not flood after all the rains of Hurricane Dennis, and the next day we could even start construction. again,” he pointed out.
Providing details on the relocation exercise, Mr. Walker pointed out that not all residents of Portland Cottage would be moved. He explained that those being relocated, had been residing adjacent to the salt pond and marsh. That area has been declared a No Build Zone.
On the expected date for relocation, the CEO noted that the project had experienced some setbacks. Nevertheless, he said building would commence in less than a month. “We’re working hand in hand with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
They have their contractors now who are going to do the building and we’re turning over the house spots to them in less than two weeks. And then they’ll start building,” Mr. Walker informed.