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Acting Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Christopher Powell has informed that the agency has successfully completed clearance of the major thoroughfares and towns across the island, following the passage of Hurricane Dean on August 19.
He also pointed out that the organization was now focusing on cleaning residential communities.
Mr. Powell, who was giving an update on the authority’s activities at a press briefing hosted by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) at its Camp Road headquarters on August 24, outlined how work was progressing across the parishes, including major thoroughfares in the Corporate Area.
According to the Acting Executive Director, the areas in Kingston and St. Andrew that have been cleared of debris left by Hurricane Dean were Caribbean Terrace, Waltham Park Road, Hagley Park Road, Half-Way-Tree, Golding Avenue, Rousseau Road, Retirement Road and Maxfield Avenue. He added that work would continue on Mountain View Road, Red Hills Road, Manning Hills Road, Constant Spring Road and Chisholm Avenue.
In downtown Kingston, Mr. Powell said the agency had turned over clean-up responsibilities to the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation.
Over in St. Ann, the towns of Ocho Rios, St. Ann’s Bay and Runaway Bay were cleared and cleaned. In St. Mary, work had started to clear debris from the streets in the towns of Port Maria and Annotto Bay.
The NSWMA had also started work in the western and southern parishes, Mr. Powell reported. Work is on-going in Montego Bay, and Negril’s West End. Clean-up work has also started in the Alligator Pond and Treasure Beach areas of St. Elizabeth, and in the South Manchester communities of Cross keys, Asia and Prattville. In Portmore, the NSWMA did clean-up work until August 24, when the job was turned over to the Municipality. Other areas of St. Catherine to be cleared include Spanish Town, Old Harbour and Linstead.
“Our intention initially was to clear the major thoroughfares and the major towns. We’ve done that. We will now be going into the small residential communities,” Mr. Powell said.

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