Authorities Assessing Damage following Holiday Flooding in Portland

Authorities are now moving to assess the damage caused by heavy rains in West Portland over the weekend that resulted in landslides and blocked roads.

The rains also flooded some homes, mainly in Grants Gate in the parish.

Councilor for the St. Margaret’s Bay Division of the Portland Municipal Corporation, Stephen Williams, says the assessments will help determine what help those residents need.

He says preliminary information suggests that residents need food, clothing, bed supplies and tarpaulins.

Mr. Williams says the flooding will affect preparations for the reopening of school this week.

In the meantime, a section of the Hope Bay to Durham main road — which was blocked by debris yesterday — is now clear.

The road was blocked after landslides downed trees and boulders onto its surface.

The National Works Agency, NWA, yesterday deployed a team to clear the road.

Manager of Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw says the road is now accessible.