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Road damage from Sandy still to be assessed

Thursday, October 25, 2012    

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IT could be another 24 hours before the full extent of the damage caused to Jamaica's road network by the passage of Hurricane Sandy is known, the National Works Agency (NWA) has said.

Up to yesterday afternoon, there had been 70 reports of roads being blocked or reduced to single lane traffic because of the effects of the category one storm system.

NWA Communications and Customer Service Manager Stephen Shaw, said most of the reports of roadblocks pointed to fallen trees and flooding as the cause.

Shaw said most of the reports of damage came from Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, St Thomas, St Mary, and St Ann.

However, he cautioned that these damage reports were at a preliminary stage and information flow would rely on work teams being able to access the damaged roads.

"We won't get a firm hand of the situation for another 24 hours when we would have been able access information out of some of the areas," Shaw told the Jamaica Observer.

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