08 Sep CLARENDON NEEDS ATTENTION IN LIGHT OF POSSIBLE IRMA RAINFALL, SAYS ARSCOTT
Clarendon, Jamaica, September 7,2017:Noel Arscott, Opposition Spokesman on Local Government and Community Development is supporting the concerns raised by citizens in his and adjoining constituenciesabout the possibility of heavy rainfall associated with Hurricane Irma wreaking havoc in their communities.
The former Minister said that these concerns are based on the fact that most of the promised multimillion dollar gully and drain cleaning exercise and repairs to damaged infrastructure have not been completed.
He said, “While some parishes may be affected more than others, there is no question if central Jamaica falls within the span of rainfall from Irma, special attention will be needed, based on the already damaged and unrepaired public systems and facilities that are necessary for economic activity.” He emphasized that “We still have bridges not repaired and some with temporary covers that could be rendered unusable, if we are in the span of the expected deluge from this Hurricane.”
The people of Clarendon South Western and central Jamaica as a whole are quite nervous about what could possibly be another disaster if Irma’s outer bands were to affect them.He said residents alreadyare sending an early warning to the Government, not to neglect the area.
Mr. Arscott said, “This call is not to create panic or spread fear; however it is intended to sensitize the Government to an area of the country where the infrastructure is still not back to normal and could easily worsen by the fury of Irma’s outer bands.”
The Opposition spokesman believes that while we pray that our country is spared, it is not too early to begin preparations for any eventualities, especially because we are still in the hurricane season.