$730K for Portland raftsmen to rebuild after devastating flood rain
Created : 15 January 2018
Cheques totally $730,000 were on Friday presented to raft captains in Portland who are attached to Rio Grande Rafting to help replace rafts destroyed during the recent flood rains that battered the eastern parish.
Up to 95 per cent of the rafts that form part of the popular tourist attraction were lost after they were destroyed or washed away in the flood waters Loop News understands.
Some 73 cheques valued at $10,000 each, were handed over by Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett and the Member of Parliament for West Portland, Daryl Vaz.
Bartlett lauded the raftsmen for what he described as their commitment and hard work in the tourism industry. "Rafting on the Rio Grande continues to be the number-one desired experience for visitors," he remarked.
It is not the first time that the raftsmen have lost their rafts due to flood rains and this may have promoted Vaz to promise that a garage will be built for them to store their rafts to protect them from future flooding.
In fact this is the third time in three years that the rafstmen are being given financial assistance to help them recover from flooding as noted by the President of the Raft Captains Association, Lawrence Chisholm.