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Up to late this afternoon (October 25), workmen from the National Works Agency (NWA) had managed to re-open just over 40 roadways, which had been blocked by debris, consequent on the passage of Hurricane Sandy.

This is out of a total of 150 which had been blocked by debris, inclusive of fallen trees and silt, the NWA.s Communications and Customer Services Manager, Stephen Shaw, told JIS News.

Mr. Shaw pointed out that the roadways have been re-opened to single lane access, with priority being given to corridors in the parishes of St. Andrew, St. Catherine, and St. Thomas, which were reportedly among the hardest hit.

While pointing to the challenges which the crews have been experiencing with lingering rains from the hurricane, and the volume of debris encountered, Mr. Shaw assured that "our teams are out and we are making special efforts to have blocked corridors opened as quickly as possible."

Mr. Shaw was, however, unable to provide an estimate of the damage, as this exercise is still to be completed.