NWA begins three-phase drain cleaning works across island Loop Jamaica

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With weather forecasters predicting this year’s hurricane season will be active, the National Works Agency (NWA) has started a three-phase drain cleaning programme across the country.

Chief Executive Officer of the NWA, EG Hunter, said the first phase of the works began in mid-May and will likely be completed in mid-June.

He told last week’s post-Cabinet press briefing that the works will be carried out in all 63 constituencies.

“There has been an allocation of, on average, $1 million per constituency, with a little top-up in some instances, depending on the volume of drains in that particular constituency,” Hunter said.

“So, those works are now actively being undertaken. The hurricane season peaks (in) September to October, if you look at the graph.

“So again, we will do another cycle towards the end (or) middle of August into the first couple of weeks of September; that will be our second cycle,” he explained.

“… And then the hurricane season ends the end of November, so whatever has accumulated in the drains between September and the end of November, we will clean in December,” said Hunter.

The works are expected to mitigate flood events across the constituencies.