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2 yrs after tragedy, NWA promises Sandy Park repairs soon

Paul Henry

Wednesday, August 29, 2012    

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REPAIR work could begin soon on the Sandy Park section of the Sandy Gully that was damaged during heavy rain two years ago and which resulted in the deaths of five members of one family.

Residents of the informal North East St Andrew community along the bank of the gully have, for the past two years, been calling for the repairs to be done before any more houses are affected. However, they say that their calls have not been addressed and they have been given only promises.

Yesterday, National Works Agency Project Manager Sherwin Dennis told the Jamaica Observer that the contract for the work has been put to tender.

"It is going through the procurement process now," Dennis said.

The family — a mother, three of her four children and her common-law husband — died on September 29, 2010 when their house fell into the raging waters in the gully after a retaining wall gave way during heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Nicole.

Two other houses had also collapsed in the gully.

Sandy Park is a stronghold of the ruling People's National Party, although it sits within the North East St Andrew constituency held by the Jamaica Labour Party's Delroy Chuck.

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