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Gov’t working on long-term solution to flooding in Halse Hall, Clarendon

Published:Monday | September 20, 2021 | 9:49 AM
Minister of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change, Pearnel Charles Jr. (right ), tours the Halse Hall community in Clarendon on September 16, 2021 - Contributed photo.

Minister of Housing and Urban Renewal Pearnel Charles Jr. has indicated that the Government is working on a long-term solution for the flooding problem in Halse Hall, Clarendon.

Charles Jr., who is also Member of Parliament for South Eastern Clarendon, said the residents “suffered severely” from recent heavy rains and “we want to put in place a sustainable solution for this community”. 

He said that the measures are being undertaken in collaboration with the Clarendon Municipal Corporation and the National Works Agency.

“We are looking at relocation, at the expansion of the drains, expansion of the soakaway area, to multiple drains to stop the water from coming down here,” he told JIS News while on a tour of the area last Thursday.  

“It is something that rests on our shoulders to solve,” he added, noting that with the country experiencing more intense weather events, the area could become even more vulnerable.

Charles Jr noted that while a long-term plan is being worked on, a short-term solution is also being explored.

He commended the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Clarendon Municipal Corporation for providing relief to the over 75 households that were impacted by the recent heavy rains.

Charles Jr. was accompanied on the visit to Halse Hall by technical personnel from the Ministry and other agencies.

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