UPDATE: 17 rescued from rising waters in Bog Walk Gorge
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) says 17 people who were trapped in rising waters in the Bog Walk Gorge have now been rescued.
The Gorge, now at critical levels, has been closed.
The 17 were rescued in a joint operation by the Jamaica Defence Force, the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Fire Brigade.
Torrential rainfall has been affecting sections of the island due to a stationary front that is currently moving across Jamaica.
Information from the National Meteorological Service has indicated that front is expected to linger just east and influence the weather over the island until Monday.
Members of the public are being urged to avoid the Gorge and heed the measures that have been put in place.
The alternate routes of Barry and Sligoville remain accessible to vehicular traffic.
The ODPEM and the Bog Walk Police will continue to monitor situation and provide updates as the situation changes.
FLOOD SAFETY TIPS
Listen to the radio or television for information.
Be alert and ready to evacuate if flooding threatens
Do not attempt to walk through moving water.
Do not drive into flooded areas. If flood waters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly