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Kingston, Jamaica, June 19, 2017: Once again, several Clarendon communities have suffered the ravages of flood rains despite the many promises by the government to immediately address the drainage issues. Opposition Spokesperson for Local Government and Community Development, Noel Arscott said.

Arscott is laying the blame squarely at the feet of Minister Desmond McKenzie and the Andrew Holness government for yet another round of unfulfilled promises, which has left many parts of Clarendon and the central parishes under flood waters again.

“The government continues to ignore the call of the Opposition to provide emergency funding to clean drains, water channels and gullies, and take preparatory steps to save life and property in light of the unusual rains associated with the latest weather system now affecting the island”, Arscott said.
The Member of Parliament for Clarendon South western said the failure to respond to the plight of the residents is evident in many of the same communities that were affected earlier as flood waters once again reached dangerous levels, cutting off access to many areas.

“While it is my information that generally the central parishes are badly affected, Clarendon in particular, in areas such as Toll Gate, Four Paths, Milk River, Water Lane and Kemp’s Hill are severely affected to the point where regular vehicles are unsafe to operate in some of these areas and homes are flooded just as they were a few weeks ago,” Arscott reasoned.

He said the lackadaisical approach of the government in dealing with the issues that led to the previous flooding is the main reason for the problems now being experienced in Clarendon.
“The lack of the promised drain cleaning, which we understand was paid for and not done, and the pile up of garbage due to its non-collection are some of the many avoidable reasons which have led to a slow down and blockage of the main runoff leading to the flooding, the Opposition Spokesperson said.
Arscott is again pleading with the government to immediately do what is necessary to alleviate the suffering that has gripped the people of Clarendon and central Jamaica.