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Two students swept away in St Thomas flood waters, residents stranded, court suspended

Published:Wednesday | May 25, 2016 | 5:52 AM

Shanna Monteith, Gleaner Writer

Flood waters caused by heavy rains last evening reportedly washed away two female students of Paul Bogle High School in St Thomas last evening.

The students were walking along the Cheswick main road in Dalvey when they were swept away.

Residents who went to their rescue had difficulty assisting them because of a power outage in the community.

Up to late last night, the students had still not been found.

In the meantime, a number of residents from eastern St Thomas were left stranded in Morant Bay last evening as several roads were flooded.The affected areas included the Roselle to Belvedere main road, Church Corner, Lyssons, Port Morant, and the Boden to Arcadia main roads.

Sections of the Golden Grove to Hordley Crossing main road were also impassable as the Plantain Garden River overflowed its bank.

Some of the stranded residents sought shelter at the Morant Bay Police Station while others stayed with relatives.

And sittings at the Morant Bay Resident magistrate’s Court were cancelled yesterday because the building was flooded.

This is second time in less than two months that rains in the parish have caused the suspension of court sessions.

The court is expected to reopen today.