$100-m drain cleaning to get under way

Thursday, June 21, 2018

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THE National Works Agency (NWA) says, shortly, it is to start islandwide drain cleaning activities, as it continues to ensure its readiness for the 2018 North Atlantic Hurricane Season.

The programme, which primarily involves the removal of silt, vegetation, and solid waste from critical drains across all parishes, is being undertaken at a cost of just under $100 million, NWA said in a release on Tuesday.

NWA Communication and Customer Services Manager Stephen Shaw explained that this forms part of the agency's annual hurricane preparedness programme.

Additional drain cleaning activities are expected to be undertaken throughout the season, the release said.

He said, too, that major and critical drains to be addressed under the current programme are now being identified, and works are expected to begin in the upcoming weeks.

The programme, the release said, will primarily target those drains which routinely cause the flooding of some roads during severe weather events.

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