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Portland in tatters after Sandy

BY EVERARD OWEN

Thursday, October 25, 2012 | 7:07 PM    

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PORT ANTONIO, Portland — Residents of Portland are slowly coming to grips with the damage wreaked on the parish by the passage of Hurricane Sandy on Wednesday.?

Manchioneal, primarily a fishing community, was hard hit as many residents at the Sandshore housing scheme lost roofs and had damage done to their homes.?

The Norwich Primary School lost its entire Grade 1 block affecting over 90 students.

"We will have to make alternative arrangements for the students to be in school," principal Claudia McLean told the Observer.??

Houses as well as the Baptist and Church of God churches in the communities of Norwich and Passley Gardens also had damage done to their roofs.

Blocked roads were widespread in the parish, with areas such as Friday, Swift River, Bybrook, Claverty among others affected.  It was uncertain how many roads have been cleared.??

The parish, Thursday afternoon, was still without electricity as there were a number of downed utility poles in various communities. Work teams were seen doing assessment and repairs in the afternoon.??

The College of Agriculture, Science and Education also had structural damage to buildings on the campus.

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