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Jamaica's northeastern parishes now under flash flood warning

Published:Sunday | November 30, 2014 | 11:07 PM

The flash flood watch that was in effect for Jamaica's northeastern parishes has been upgraded to a flash flood warning.



The areas where the flash flood warning applies include low-lying and flood prone communities in St Mary, Portland, St Thomas and Kingston.



In a release a short while ago, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) explained that the upgrade became necessary since the stationary front continues to influence weather conditions across the island.



A flash flood warning means that flooding has occurred or will occur shortly. Persons living in the areas identified are being asked to maintain vigilance, and be prepared to evacuate should the situation worsens.



The ODPEM also advised that the Bog Walk Gorge remains closed as cleanup activities continue.



In the meantime, several communities in St Ann, St Catherine and St Thomas have been adversely affected by rains associated with the weather system.



In St Ann, a house reportedly collapsed and two others were completely flooded. A farm was also flooded, resulting in crops and livestock being lost.



Over in St Catherine, the main roads from Zion Hill to Freetown and that from Williamsfield to Glengoffe are still impassable.



In St Thomas, the main road from Bath to Barrett Gap is now impassable while a team from the NWA team is investigating reports of a damaged Ford in the Mahagony Vale area.



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