Portland returns to normal

Published: Tuesday | November 6, 2012 Comments 0


Normality has returned to several communities in west Portland, which experienced flooding over the weekend as a result of torrential rainfall.

The affected communities, including Chepstowe, Shirley Castle, Bellevue and Chatsworth, were badly affected by heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday of last week, which also left dozens of residents marooned.

Councillor for the Hope Bay division, Rupert Kelly, told The Gleaner yesterday that the water has since receded and residents are now able to move about their normal way, despite several land slippages and blocked roadways.

"Chepstowe residents were marooned," said Kelly.

He added: "Despite the heavy downpour, no one was evacuated. However, water levels rose significantly, which in some instances threatened to disrupt life and property."

Elsewhere in Port Antonio, several motorists were left stranded along West Street, Dolphin Bay, and Bryans Bay main road, which was inundated on the weekend.

- Gareth Davis

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