OFFICE OF DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
NEWS RELEASE #5
ISSUED ON: THURSDAY October 11, 2007 at 3:00 p.m.
FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ALL PARISHES
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is advising the public that the water level in the Bog Walk Gorge is currently rising and is approaching critical level. The alternate routes are through Barry and Sligoville. The Flash Flood Warning issued by the Meteorological Service of Jamaica remains in effect for low-lying and flood-prone areas in all parishes across Jamaica. THE PUBLIC IS BEING URGED TO AVOID THIS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS AREA
Outbreaks of moderate to heavy showers are expected to continue mainly over the southwestern sections of the island.
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.
Fishers and other marine interests must exercise caution due to deteriorating sea conditions in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms, over both inshore and offshore areas.
The Meteorological Service and ODPEM will continue to monitor the situation and further updates will be provided as the situation demands.
Contact: Cheryl Nichols (876) 928-5111-4