04 Mar 2021
The National Works Agency (NWA), is now conducting drainage improvement activities at Big Pond in Old Harbour, St. Catherine. The works which commenced in January are scheduled to be concluded by the end of March. Manager of Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw says that the project is an intervention meant to mitigate flooding which usually occurs at Big Pond, and the surrounding areas, after major rainfall events. He says the works, which include the removal of debris and soil build up, is meant to restore the drain to efficient free flow conditions. Big Pond is located along the main road from Old Harbour to Bartons and is an area which often becomes impassable during heavy rains, to the point where persons from communities such as Red Ground, Bartons and Browns Hall have been marooned. The project is being implemented at a cost of $21 million.