JIS News

Several roads in St. Mary and Portland, which were blocked as a result of heavy rains last weekend, have been cleared with most being able to accommodate single lane traffic.
The blockages were caused by landslides, fallen trees and other debris. The heavy downpour also resulted in a section of the Wakefield to Hardware Gap main road in Portland between mile posts 25 and 26 to be severed, making it impossible for motorists to access the road beyond that point.
Collin Morrison, Community Relations Officer for the National Works Agency (NWA) told JIS News that the roads which had been cleared in St. Mary included those leading from Grande Hole to Golden Valley, Chovey to Claremont, Richmond to Kendall, Highgate to Windsor Castle, Gayle to Guys Hill, Rio Nuevo to Lampkin Hill and Windsor Castle to Guy’s Hill.
He noted that those cleared in Portland included Buff Bay to Balcarres, Balcarres to Wakefield, Tranquility to Bangor Ridge and Spring Garden to Chepstowe.
Mr. Morrison said every effort was being made to ensure that the affected roadways were brought back to normal condition as early as possible, adding that the clearing was being carried out by both the NWA and contractors responsible for the road maintenance programme in both parishes.
He urged motorists and pedestrians to exercise caution when using the roads at this time, and appealed to members of the affected communities to be patient as the NWA continued its work to remedy the situation.
Mr. Morrison said assessments were currently being done to determine the long term corrective measures to be taken.

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