Flash Flood Watch For Jamaica
Several communities in St. Thomas are now flooded following persistent rains last night into this morning.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, ODPEM, is reporting that there has also been flooding in Dumphries and Browns Gully, Castle Gully, York, Seaforth and at the Paul Bogle High School in St. Thomas.
Cottage Pen in St. Thomas is also flooded. While a house in Bath has collapsed due to a landslide. The occupants were taken to hospital and are now receiving treatment.
In St. Elizabeth water is rising in New River, Santa Cruz.
In the meantime the ODPEM has activated its duty team and all Parish Disaster Coordinators and shelter managers.
The National Works Agency, NWA, is having difficulties getting its equipment into some sections of St. Thomas to clear the blocked roadways because of the widespread flooding.
However, the NWA’s Manager of Communications and Customer Services, Stephen Shaw says emergency teams are on standby to move into the affected communities.
The NWA also reported that the road from Rio Nuevo to Lambkin Hill in St. Mary has been badly damaged.
The NWA also said rocks have fallen on the Devils Race Course in St. Catherine causing it to be reduced to single lane traffic.