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Five escape raging flood waters in Bog Walk Gorge

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2012 | 1:02 PM

Five people are this afternoon breathing a sigh of relief after being rescued from raging flood waters in the Bog Walk Gorge in St Catherine.

The four men and a woman were rescued by emergency workers, after the Toyota motorcar in which they travelling became trapped in the flooded gorge about 4:00 this morning.

Reports from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) indicate that the Rio Cobre, which flows through the gorge, rose 12 feet this morning as heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Isaac pelted the island.

The driver of the Toyota motorcar, Oneil Cunningham says the group was travelling from a party when the motor vehicle got stuck in flood waters.

The ODPEM says the gorge should be re-opened later today as floodwaters dissipate and the weather improves.

ODPEM director-general, Ronald Jackson said up to news time, the water in the gorge had receded to nine feet and was continuing to ebb.

He adds that while some main roads in St Catherine and along the south coast have been flooded, there have been no reports of impassable roadways. He says there was also some moderate flooding in the community of Havendale in St Andrew