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NWA says rain hampering attempts to reopen blocked St Thomas roads

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National Works Agency (NWA) said it has made progress in reopening some roadways that were rendered impassable due to heavy rainfall in St Thomas but a few locations remain a challenge as it continues to rain in the parish.

According to Communications and Customer Service Manager at the NWA, Stephen Shaw, two-lane traffic has been restored along the Bathe to Barret's Gap roadway, which had been affected by a landslide.

However, Shaw said because of the relentless rainfall, Hordley Cross along the Pleasant Hill to Hectors River main road and Poor Man's Corner along the Grant's Pen to Pamphret main road remain impassable due to flooding.

He said there have been additional reports of challenges at Wheeler's Field along the Bathe to Hordley main road where a section of the roadway has been washed out by floodwaters as well as the Wheeler's Field to Cedar Grove corridor, which is completely blocked by a landslide in the vicinity of Johnson Mountain.

As was previously reported, the Port Morant to Bath roadway has been reduced to single lane traffic at Airy Castle and motorists are still being advised to proceed with caution along the Mahogany Vale, Windsor Forest and Mount Vernon roadways as these roads are badly scoured.