The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has received several reports of flooding incidents experience across the island as the Meteorological Service continues the Flash Flood Warning for the entire island until 5:00 p.m. today as a result of the island’s weather conditions being affected by hurricane Paloma, which is moving towards the northeast.
A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding has been reported or will occur shortly.
The following reports of flooding have come in from the south-western section of Clarendon:
- The Content to York Town road is currently impassable.
- The entrance to Portland Cottage is currently inundated with water, which is also rising.
- Jack’s and Flemings gullies from May Pen to Four Paths is inundated and could overflow at any time. Residents along these gullies are cautioned to be on the alert and to put in place their evacuations plans.
- Comfort Road is impassable.
- The road leading to St. Jago Plains in the Toll Gate area is impassable.
- There is minor flooding along the Old Four Paths main road.
- The Chapelton Road is impassable. Earlier today a motor vehicle got trapped in floodwaters on Chapelton Road. The police rescued the male occupant of the vehicle.
- Sections of York Town is experiencing minor flooding.
Flooding has also been reported in May Pen, Osbourne Store, Clarendon Park Toll Gate, Scott’s Park and Pedro Plain.
The Bog Walk Gorge is now closed due to the rising water level. Motorists are being advised to use the alternative routes: Sligoville and Barry.
THE PUBLIC IS BEING URGED TO AVOID THIS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS AREA.
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 in the event of heavy rains:
- 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.
The Meteorological Service and ODPEM will continue to monitor the situation and further updates will be provided as the situation demands.