NWA Deploys Teams to Assess Flood Damage and Re-Open Corridors


Teams from the National Works Agency (NWA) have been deployed across the island to carry out technical assessments and have major corridors re-opened, following two days of torrential rain.

Speaking to JIS News on October 1, Senior Communications Officer at the NWA, Collin Morrison, said 16 corridors in the parishes of St. Andrew, St. Ann, St. Thomas, St. Catherine and Portland remain impassable.

Among the affected corridors are the Fern Gully main road in St. Ann and the Bog Walk Gorge in St. Catherine. He said it is hoped that the gorge will be re-opened to the public by midday today.

"A section of the Fern Gully main road has been undermined and has been closed for an indefinite period. A number of roads remain impassable in St. Andrew. These include the corridors from Cooperage to Guava Ridge, Silver Hill Gap to Guava Ridge and Papine to Bull Bay," he said.

He further noted that the main road from Golden Spring to Mount Aire is also impassable, resulting in persons from the communities of Mount Horeb and Mount Prospect being unable to access or leave these areas.

In St. Thomas, the main road from Trinityville to Cedar Valley is impassable due to multiple landslides.

"We have teams working in these areas and we are trying to re-open the roadways to at least single lane access, which we hope to accomplish by the end of the day," Mr. Morrison said.

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