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Opposition Leader Mark Golding is calling on the government to address the significant damage at Sandy Gully in St Andrew.

Golding said he visited the lower part of Sandy Gully yesterday, particularly the West Bay Farm Road end and the Seaview Gardens end, to assess the damage to the floor and the gully’s retaining walls.

He says the deterioration of this critical infrastructure poses a serious threat to the lives and property of residents on both sides of the gorge.

“The current condition of the ravine is the result of years of neglect. This neglect puts even more lives and property at risk in the Washington Gardens, Seaview Gardens and Waterhouse communities. Urgent action is needed to address these problems,” Golding said in a press release.

Golding explained that while recent cleaning of a section of the gorge may have improved water flow under the Spanish Town Road bridge, the extent of the problem can be seen from the excessive growth of trees that impede water flow in the Seaview section of the gorge.

This blockade, he said, threatened the safety of residents of the surrounding community.

“This condition in the canyon existed long before Hurricane Beryl passed through. Major repairs and further cleanup work can no longer be postponed,” Golding explained.

He also visited areas in New Haven in the West St Andrew constituency that are constantly affected by flooding.

Golding praised the actions of community members and MP Anthony Hylton to clear sections of the Duhaney River to contain flooding in the area.

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