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$360 million in damage from storm rains associated with Ian

Preliminary estimates put the damage associated with the passage of then Tropical Storm Ian at $360 million.

Speaking in Parliament Wednesday afternoon, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the figure could increase as the National Works Agency (NWA) continues its assessment, but he is thankful the cost "is not in the billions".  

Mr. Holness said he will update Parliament in the next two weeks on the cost of permanent repairs, including to retaining walls, which he said might push the repair bill higher. 

The Prime Minister said no significant allocation will be made to the National Works Agency for repairs to roadways affected by the passage of the storm. The NWA will instead have to "look in its budget to see how these repairs can be addressed". 

Mr. Holness said approximately 47 roads were badly affected by landslides, downed trees and flooding.

Most the damage was in St. Catherine and Clarendon. 

He noted that almost all roads affected by the passage of Ian have been reopened, to include the Alley Road in southern Clarendon, which was damaged due to the Rio Minho overflowing and scouring a small section of the northern approach to the bridge.

But roads that are still closed include Chapelton to Rock River, McNie to Douglas Castle, St. John's to Pedro River and Thatch Walk Bridge in Aenon Town.

Chapelton to Rock River suffered a breakaway in the community of Sutton and Mr. Holness said this section of road will have to be rebuilt before it is reopened.