NWA close to completing damage assessment following heavy rains

NWA Communication Manager Stephen Shaw
By Clinton McGregor 
The National Works Agency (NWA) is conducting an assessment of the island's road infrastructure to determine the extent of the damage caused by last week's heavy showers.
NWA Communication Manager Stephen Shaw told Radio Jamaica News that the agency is close to completing its assessment. 
"We have done much of the heavy lifting and we are now moving to complete the damage assessment and to complete a report that will be submitted to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, detailing the level of damage that the infrastructure would have suffered over the two days. 
Mr. Shaw noted that while the entire country experienced rains, the greater impact was felt in St. Catherine, St. Andrew, St. Thomas and Portland.
He added that the assessors have been examining the island's bridges as part of the exercise following the magnitude 5.6 quake on October 30. 
"All of our structures are included because especially where the intensity of the rainfall was particularly high, we are very mindful as to our structures and their ability to withstand such a heavy stormwater flows. While we are fairly satisfied as to the quality that's there, we don't take chances because anything can happen, especially in light of the recent earthquake that was followed by the heavy rains," he said. 

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