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$100 million allocated for flood mitigation works

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 1:03 PM
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The government has earmarked $100 million for the cleaning of drains and clearing of verges across the island.

The activities form part of national preparations for the 2020 North Atlantic Hurricane season.

The National Works Agency (NWA) says the works will be conducted by its parish teams and are slated to commence shortly.

NWA Communication and Customer Services Manager, Stephen Shaw, says the programme of works is currently being finalised and will target critical drains located in flood-prone areas in various communities islandwide.

He says this is the first of three planned flood mitigation programmes of works that will be carried out by the agency over the next six months in relation to the current hurricane season.

Shaw says that the programme augments some of the works undertaken over the last six months, during which roads and drains have been rehabilitated under the Secondary Roads Programme.

Over $1 billion were spent during the last fiscal year, which ended in March under the Secondary Roads Programme, which targeted main and community roads.     

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