Flash flooding news release #7

from Government of Jamaica
Published on 30 Oct 2001
ISSUED ON: October 30, 2001 at 12 noon

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has been further advised that several households in the communities of Annotto Bay and Port Maria in St. Mary have been flooded. As a result, some one hundred and twenty three shelterees are housed at a shelter located at the Annotto Bay Baptist Church, twenty five at the Annotto Bay All Age School while fifteen are housed at the Annotto Bay Court House. In Portland, a shelter has been opened at the Buff Bay All Age.

The following incidents have also been reported:

St. Catherine

Approximately twenty-five adults and sixteen children have been affected by flooding in the community of Sunny Side. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) is currently assessing welfare needs.

St. Andrew

The community of King Western in the vicinity of Lawrence Tavern is completely blocked. Efforts are being made by the National Works Agency (NWA) to clear the blockage.

St Ann

The Fern Gully main road is open to one-way traffic.

Mount James main road is completely blocked by landslide.

Motorists should avoid using the Lime Hall main road. The alternate route is through Top Road.

The Runaway Bay main road is inundated.

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