Old Har­bour Bay res­i­dents ready to move

Jamaica Gleaner - - MAPPING MATTHEW - Ruddy Mathi­son Gleaner Writer

RES­I­DENTS OF Old Har­bour Bay in St Cather­ine said yes­ter­day they were ready to move to des­ig­nated shel­ters as soon as the alarm is sounded.

The res­i­dents told The Gleaner that they were mon­i­tor­ing re­ports about Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

Joylette Davis said that based on her ex­pe­ri­ence, con­di­tions can get bad re­ally fast be­cause of the low-ly­ing na­ture of the area and its prox­im­ity to the sea.

“I have al­ready se­cured all im­por­tant doc­u­ments for my­self and my chil­dren, and we are ready to move to the shel­ter when the alarm is sounded,” she told The Gleaner.

‘Jun­gle’, who op­er­ates a cook­shop on the fish­ing beach, was giv­ing away fish soup he had pre­pared for sale in or­der to get away from the beach yes­ter­day.

“I am very con­cerned about the fish­ing busi­ness and the hit it will take if the storm hits Ja­maica,” he said.

“A lot of fish­er­men will not be able to go out to sea un­til the weather breaks.”

Lind­say Chisholm, a fish ven­dor who buys and sells at the fish­ing beach, was equally con­cerned about his trade.

“We will not get any fish to sell for a while. This means that busi­ness will take a beat­ing,” he said.

Mean­while, Coun­cil­lor Peter Davis was seen yes­ter­day do­ing last-minute drain clean­ing. He told The Gleaner that he was con­cen­trat­ing on drains that could cause se­ri­ous flood­ing if left unat­tended.

“I am clean­ing four drains in the area that I know from past ex­pe­ri­ences have con­trib­uted to flood­ing in the Bay area. Even with this last-minute ap­proach, I think clean­ing these drains will go a far way in pre­vent­ing se­vere flood­ing,” he dis­closed.

PHOTO BY RUDDY MATHI­SON

Peter Davis, coun­cil­lor for the Old Har­bour Bay di­vi­sion, di­rects the clean­ing of drains he said could cause ma­jor flood­ing if left unat­tended.

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