The National Works Agency (NWA) has embarked on emergency drain-cleaning activities across St. James, following heavy rains that caused flooding in several areas across the parish over the Heroes’ Day weekend.
In an interview with JIS News, Community Relations Officer at the NWA Western Office, Janel Ricketts, said that several teams from the agency are in the parish clearing drains that were blocked due to debris washed down by flood waters.
“These areas include sections of north and south gullies [in Montego Bay], as well as the Blue Diamond gully, the Quarry gully [in Montego Bay] and the Chelsea gully [in Irwin]. There is significant wash-down silt and debris in these areas [due to flooding] and we are working to have them cleared,” Ms. Ricketts noted.
She highlighted that close attention is being paid to the Blue Diamond gully, which is adjacent to the RIU Reggae Hotel in Montego Bay, which also experienced flooding over the holiday weekend due to heavy rainfall.
As it relates to the other parishes in the region, Ms. Ricketts noted that the teams from the NWA are clearing critical drains and roadways as well as assessing other areas that have been damaged as a result of the heavy rains.