Long Pond road remains impassable – commuters pay heavy fares between Clark’s Town and Duncans

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Trelawny flooding - long pond sugar factory
Young men look at the flood waters outside the Long Pond Sugar Factory, Clark’s Town.

The Long Pond road remains impassable after heavy showers between Wednesday evening and Thursday caused flooding across several communities in Trelawny parish.

When Falmouth News passed by the area yesterday, the road was still under heavy, stagnant flood water, even as the rain continued. The heavy rainfalls has continued into today.

There are 3 major routes between Clark’s Town and Duncans, but the Long Pond Road is by far the shortest of the three. The other two are:

  1. Via Daniel Town road, then take the North Coast highway easterly to Duncans.
  2. Via Jackson Town through Barnstaple to Rio Bueno, then westerly on the North coast Highway to Duncans.

The alternative routes are taking a heavy toll on Clark’s Town to Duncans commuters, who now have to fork out $300 for the journey. This is a 200% increase over the regular $100 fare.

The flood waters claimed one life in nearby Jackson Town.

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