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Information Minister, Senator Burchell Whiteman, has said that piped water will be restored to the majority of hurricane-affected communities very shortly.
Members of the public have been experiencing disruption in supplies due to damage to water systems as a result of Hurricane Dennis, while others were temporarily cut off to allow for treatment.
Senator Whiteman, who was giving an update on post hurricane activities at yesterday’s (Monday, July 11), post Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, said that work would begin in two weeks to repair dislocated pipelines at the Sea View Supply, which serves Stony Hill. In the meantime, alternative arrangements were being put in place for affected customers.
Meanwhile, information from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) indicate that the quantity of rainfall caused by the hurricane “was quite extraordinary with 12 inches in some parts of the country and 11.5 inches in others”.
The report also showed that in terms of the movement of water levels in rivers, for example, there were cases where the water rose well over 20 feet. Flooding caused the greatest amount of damage impacting on the accessibility to communities, causing damage to utility services, equipment and water sources.
In terms of road blockages in St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary and East Rural St. Andrew, Senator Whiteman said that these would be cleared soon, while food supplies would continue to be airlifted to inaccessible areas. He said that arrangements were being put in place to ensure that proper security was available when food was delivered by air.
The Information Minister observed, that the country’s emergency system worked well during the hurricane, with all emergency-operating centres activated within 36 hours of notification.
He extended sympathies to the neighbouring countries, which were affected by the hurricane and noted the receipt of food and relief supplies from the Cuban and Venezuelan governments.