The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has been advised that the water level in the Bog Walk Gorge is rising and going onto the road. Motorists are reminded to use the alternative routes: Sligoville and Barry.
THE PUBLIC IS BEING URGED TO AVOID THIS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS AREA.
Other reports coming into the ODPEM:
– A section of Benny Pen, a tributary of the Wag Water River in the vicinity of Temple Hall, has broken away. Residents in the houses along the river are being advised to evacuate to safer areas.
– The bridge at Roberts Field in Mavis Bank, St. Andrew is inundated. The KSAC is presently clearing the debris to facilitate access to the community.
– The fording at Georgia, St. Thomas, is partially cut off. THE ODPEM PREFER IF MOTORISTS DO NOT TRAVEL VIA THIS ROUTE. HOWEVER, MOTORISTS WHO NEED TO ACCESS THIS AREA ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
– Two food airlifts are scheduled for later today:
1. Airlift at Mount Vernon: to provide food for the communities of Mount Vernon, Moffat and Jones Pen.
2. Airlift at Johnson Mountain: to provide food for the communities of Johnson Mountain and Spring Back.
– There is currently no access to Portland from St. Thomas via the Hordley Crossing.
The public is advised to continue monitoring the radio for further advisories and to avoid areas that are at risk from flooding and landslides. Also take the following precautions:
- Be ready to evacuate if you live in low-lying or flood-prone areas. Decide on likely evacuation routes now. Plan to stay with family or friends in safer areas or in a public shelter and move to safety.
- Avoid flooded waterways, gullies, streams or rivers, either on foot or in vehicles.
- Move your refrigerator, stove and furniture to a higher floor, or place them on building blocks and secure to the wall.
- Do not walk outside barefooted during or after the flood event.
- Bury all dead animals right after flooding has subsided.
The Meteorological Service and ODPEM will continue to monitor the situation and further updates will be provided as the situation demands.
Contact: Kerry-Ann Morris, Information Officer, [email protected]