Sight of Holland Bamboo post-Hurricane Beryl broke Floyd Green’s heart

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While driving through Holland Bamboo in St Elizabeth, after Hurricane Beryl lashed Jamaica on Wednesday, Agriculture Minister Floyd Green’s heart broke “a million times”.

Located in Lacovia in the breadbasket parish, Holland Bamboo Grove is an avenue that is approximately four kilometres long and portrays a beautifully arched and shaded arrangement of bamboos on both sides of the road.

Also known as Bamboo Avenue, Holland Bamboo is one of Jamaica’s tourist attractions.

Green, who is also the Member of Parliament for St Elizabeth South Western, shared a video on X, formerly Twitter, on Friday that painted a different picture of the once-glorious arch for which the stretch of road is known. From the video, the impact of Hurricane Beryl was undeniable.

“When I drove through Holland Bamboo my heart broke a million times,” said Green on the social media platform on Friday.

Green had earlier said St Elizabeth had taken a “most devastating blow” from Hurricane Beryl.

An image of Holland Bamboo Grove captured before Hurricane Beryl. (Photo: Ministry of Agriculture)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who did an aerial assessment of the hurricane damage on Thursday, said there was “extensive damage” in the parish of St Elizabeth, particularly areas close to the coast.

Jamaica is now in assessment and response mode following the passage of the category 4 hurricane Beryl.