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The National Works Agency (NWA) is advising that the main road between Bethel Gap and Mahagony Vale in St. Thomas is now impassable. The road has been rendered impassable in the communities of White Ford and Mahagony Vale, resulting from heavy rains.

Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw says heavy siltation and floodwaters are blocking the main thoroughfare in White Ford, while a section of the approach to the Ford at Mahagony Vale has been washed out. The community of Hagley’s Gap is therefore inaccessible.

He says a team from the NWA attempted to travel to Mahagony Vale this afternoon, but could not get beyond White Ford. Persons wishing to travel to Mahagony Vale will have to do so through St. Andrew.

The NWA continues to monitor the situation and will be attempting to enter Hagley’s Gap as soon as possible.

In the meantime, the Junction Road in St. Mary is also impassable in the community of Grande Hole. The road is being blocked by landslides. The NWA has mobilized a crew and is now in the process of having it re-opened.

The NWA is also monitoring the situation at the Rio Grande Bridge, where the water level has risen to a threatening height. The water is now threatening the bridge that is used to access the town of Port Antonio from St. Margaret’s Bay.

Mr. Shaw is therefore advising motorists to exercise extreme caution if they have to use this structure.


Issued by: The National Works Agency

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