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Lashley tours parts of St Philip

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Lashley tours parts of St Philip

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MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND WORKS Michael Lashley has been touring some of the affected communities in St Philip.

Lashley, who was accompanied by acting Minister of Drainage Senator Jepter Ince, addressed the concerns of some residents in the wake of Tropical Storm Matthew.

Among those they visited was Samantha Rawlins of Congo Road. The roof of her home started to lift off during the high winds around 11 a.m. yesterday. Luckily, the quick action of neighbours, who placed concrete blocks on the roof, averted disaster.

Lashley said repairs were done until the state agencies got involved, while some of those affected had been taken in by relatives.

Although the all clear was given, Barbados is experiencing lingering effects from Tropical Storm Matthew. Some areas have reported heavy rainfall today, including St Philip.

A number of services are being gradually rolled out and businesses have been given the green light to open.

Transport Board buses are back on the road and the Grantley Adams International Airport is open. The courts are scheduled to get underway at 11 a.m., the same time commercial banks are expected to reopen. Polyclinics will also open at noon, but they will be seeing urgent or emergency cases only.

Classes will resume at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, but nursery, primary and secondary schools are closed. (CA/SAT)