JIS News

The National Works Agency (NWA) has advised that the Palisadoes Road, which leads to the Norman Manley International Airport, is now open to vehicular traffic.The road was officially closed yesterday (July 16) to allow for the clearing of silt and other debris, which had washed up on the roadway from the nearby sea, due to storm surges associated with Hurricane Emily.A crew from the NWA began working at 5 0’clock this morning to clear the blockage.
Land and Environment Minister, Dean Peart, addressing a press briefing held late Saturday (July 16) at the South Camp Road headquarters of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), noted that the NWA had tried to clear the blockage earlier in the day, but “the seas were too rough and the water kept on bringing back debris on the road”.
In the meantime, Minister Peart said, “the nation can breathe a sigh of relief” as it was spared a direct hit from Hurricane Emily.
He added that, “while we have been spared the worst, there are areas that have taken a beating twice in the last two weekends with the passing of two hurricanes in quick succession”.
Hurricanes Dennis and Emily, he said, “have stretched the resources of the nation, leaving the land heavily saturated with flooding at levels we have never seen before as well as causing huge land slippages, road blocks, rivers claiming their original courses, and general dislocation of families”.
The Land and Environment Minister said that an assessment of the damage done by both hurricanes would be undertaken shortly.