JIS News

The National Works Agency (NWA) will spend $94.5 million on Phase 2 of its Disaster Mitigation Programme, as it intensifies work to alleviate the effects of heavy and persistent rains associated with the active 2005 hurricane season and beyond.
Speaking with JIS News, Petra-kene Williams, Acting Communications and Customer Services Manager at the NWA, outlined the extent of work to be undertaken by the Agency under this phase of the programme.
Drains and gullies in all 14 parishes have been earmarked for rehabilitative work. In St. Catherine, drains in Christian Pen, Linstead, east central St. Catherine, Town Gully, and along the Port Henderson Road, and Natural Bridge to Troja main roads will be targeted.
Over in Kingston and St. Andrew, several drains will be cleaned, particularly in the areas of south eastern, east central, north eastern and north western St. Andrew. In nearby St. Thomas, several drains in the eastern and western sections of the parish will be addressed.
“Among the drains to be cleaned are those in Morant Bay, Red Hills, Golden Grove, Market Place, along the Port Morant to Pleasant Hill Road, Potosi to Morant River Bridge, Hampton Court to Duckensfield, and Hampton Court to Rocky Point. Rowlandsfield drains will also be addressed under this programme,” Miss Williams informed.
In Portland, several drains in the Rio Grande Valley, along the Orange Bay to Hope Bay main road, Rio Grande Bridge to Hope Bay main road, Boundbrook to Rio Grande road and sections of Allan Avenue, have been earmarked for clean-up work.
Drains to be cleaned in St. Mary include those along the Broadgate to Toms River, Claremont to Whitehall, Ballards Valley to Little Bay roads, and others in areas of Islington, Enfield and Harmony Hall. In St. Ann, drains to be cleaned under this programme are located in St. Ann’s Bay, as well as the Milford Road main street drain.
There are a number of drains in both northern and southern Trelawny to be cleaned under this phase of the Disaster Mitigation Programme.
In Clarendon, 13 drains have been targeted in the area of the Green Bottom to Four Paths main road, as well as drains in Banks, Rocky Point, Western Park Gully and Mitchell Town, among others.
For St. Elizabeth, drains in the Balaclava, Goshen, Holland Bamboo, Junction, Middle Quarters and Great Bay areas will be cleaned, while in Westmoreland, the Grange Hill drains as well as some drains and gullies in the eastern sections of the parish will also be addressed.
In Manchester, the Hermitage, Devon and DeCarteret drains will be cleaned, while in St. James, some of the main drains to be cleaned include those in Chatham, Tucker, Bogue, Bickersteth and on Bevin Avenue.
According to Miss Williams, work has already started on the drains in Linstead, Port Royal, southeastern St. Andrew and eastern Kingston, while work should commence shortly on drains and gullies in Big Pond.Upon completion of this second phase of the Disaster Mitigation Programme, Phase 3 would commence, said Miss Williams.
The Ministry of Transport and Works and the NWA, based on analysis of data collected over the years between 2001 and 2004, formulated the Disaster Mitigation Programme. Throughout that period, Jamaica experienced a number of major floods, which caused much dislocation and millions of dollars in damage. In 2001, there were two major floods, another two in 2002, one in 2003 and three in 2004.
Last year, the NWA spent over $134 million on flood mitigation works, which formed part of the agency’s Disaster Mitigation Programme. The overall programme of works included 16 major drains and gullies across the parishes of St. Catherine, St. Andrew and Clarendon, and 28 smaller projects in St. Catherine, St. Elizabeth, St. James, Westmoreland, St. Mary, St. Thomas and St. Ann. These drains and gullies were bushed, widened and realigned under the programme.

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