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Henry blames NWA, previous gov'ts for May Pen flooding

Thursday, September 20, 2018

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CLARENDON, Jamaica — Clarendon Central Member of Parliament (MP), Mike Henry, is blaming the National Works Agency (NWA) and previous governments for the continued flooding in sections of May Pen during periods of intense and extended rainfall, which he said was again the case earlier this week.

In a statement yesterday, Henry said the problem resulted directly from the authorities' decision not to build a proper drainage system from Sour Sop Turn in North Central Clarendon to Jack's Gully in May Pen from back in the 1980s.

This, he said, “has placed May Pen at risk and facing great hardships over the period”.
Henry said the situation was compounded in 2012 by a decision of the then government, to cancel the original but unfulfilled concept to correct the drainage system leading into the town from the north and opted instead to build out the roadway from Sour Sop Turn to Chapelton.

That roadway, he argued, was built in the middle of an overall corridor that was down for development, forcing more intense drainage pressure on May Pen.

The veteran MP, who is also minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), in blasting the move, said: “The NWA and the then government did the greatest act of criminality against the people of May Pen”.

He said as the political representative for May Pen, he protested the Soursop Turn to Chapelton move back then and continues to drive home the need for the Jack's Gully drainage issues to be quickly addressed.

In urging the relevant authorities to bring a sharp focus to the problem, he said, “I shudder to think of the welfare of the people of the town and the periodic dangers to which they are exposed, with no clear sign in the making that finally the real source of the problem is about to be directly addressed”.

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