Govt Puts$175m to Flood Damage

Local Government Ministry says it’s approved $175-million in emergency funding to address critical infrastructural repairs in six parishes affected by recent heavy rains.

Portfolio Minister, Desmond McKenzie, says the allocation is primarily to facilitate the restoration of access to people within and between communities.

Several communities, mainly in Clarendon and St. Thomas, have been affected by landslides and flooding following the late April rains and those last weekend.

The Minister says it’s in this regard that the funds will be released to the Municipal Corporations of the worst affected parishes.

Minister McKenzie says all Municipal Corporations will receive funding for Phase 1 of the annual Mitigation programme.

He says the Ministry is conducting a review of existing structures particularly in town centres and other urbanized areas to see where drainage capacity can be expanded in the short to medium term.

He says the Ministry will collaborate with the National Works Agency to ensure that an infrastructure programme is developed to successfully address the problem of flooding.