Prime Minister Andrew Holness said river training works in St Thomas could cost Gov’t $700 million

It will possibly cost the Government an estimated $700 million to do river training works in St Thomas.

This in the wake of last week’s heavy rains, during which rivers in the parish overflowed their banks, resulting in significant damage to roads, homes and farmlands.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness toured affected areas of St Thomas and St Andrew on the weekend.

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Mr Holness noted that the overall estimate of damage to roads islandwide has been put at just over $400 million.

He said the investment in river training will help ensure that the water flow is controlled.

Mr Holness added that three constituencies across St Thomas and St Andrew, which suffered the worse effects of the rain will get a special allocation of $3 million.


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