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Chaos, panic as Marcus Garvey Drive floodwaters leave motorists, workers stranded

Published:Friday | September 9, 2016 | 5:11 PM
Cars under floodwaters on the Wallenford Coffee Company compound on Marcus Garvey Drive.
Workers seek refuge on the stairs of the Wallenford Coffee Company as floodwaters enundated parts of the grounds

There was chaos and widespread panic along Marcus Garvey Drive and Spanish Town road as blocked drains resulted in severe flooding.

Several people were unable to leave their business places for more than an hour and motorists were left stranded.

Photographer Ricardo Makyn reported that employees of the Wallenford Coffee sought refuge of the upper floor and stairway as water inundated the ground floor.


Gleaner Photographer Ricardo Makyn speaking with Damion Mitchell of The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre

Cars in the main car park were also flooded.

Communications Manager at the National Works Agency, Stephen Shaw, says a pile up of garbage contributed to the flooding along Marcus Garvey Drive where road work is also underway.

IN PHOTO: Employees of the Wallenford Coffee Company seek refuge on the stairs of the building

Shaw says work crews have been dispatched to the area to address the flooding problem.

The Fisheries Division is reporting damaged vehicles and possible loss of records as a result of the flooding.