The Rio Cobre River can be considered a blessing in disguise to the hundreds of residents in St. Catherine that depend on irrigation water particularly for agricultural purposes.
Yet this river has been a watery grave for a number of people when the vehicle in which they were travelling plunged into the deep waters of the Rio Cobre.
Flat Bridge...with the Rio Cobre below
Here are some facts about the Rio Cobre
·Spanning a section of the Rio Cobre is the Flat Bridge. This bridge was built by the Spaniards some time ago after the island was discovered by Christopher Columbus. The bridge is considered one of the strongest in the West Indies. When the river is in spate and vehicular traffic are unable to cross the Flat Bridge traffic is diverted through Barry or Sligoville.
·The legend that surrounds the Rio Cobre is that a mermaid lives at the bottom of the river and on moonlight nights she comes up and sits on a huge stone and combs her long black hair with a silver comb.
·The story also says if the comb drops out of the mermaid's hand and anyone finds it they will become wealthy. Some time ago the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) built a hydro electric plant on the banks of the Rio Cobre that supplied electricity to a great part of St. Catherine but the hydro electric plant was destroyed by hurricane and the JPSCo did not see it fit to replace the plant.
·The community of Kent Village is located near the banks of the Rio Cobre. Quite often boys go fishing in the river and sell their catch of shrimps and fish to passers-by. The fish is considered nutritious particularly for the making of fish tea.
·There is a farm located opposite to the Rio Cobre River and one can only get there by the use of a bamboo raft.
The Rio Cobre River has a strange history but can never be replaced by any other river.