Flash flooding news release #9
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is focusing on meeting the Shelter and Welfare needs of persons impacted by the flood rains affecting sections of the island. The Parish Disaster Committees and the Zonal Committees have placed several persons in shelters. In St Mary over one hundred persons are housed in Shelters and Portland has over fifty. Persons are currently being sheltered at the Buff Bay Primary School, Fruitful Vale All Age, and Shrewsbury Health Center. In St Mary at the Annotto Bay Health Center and the Annotto Bay All Age School.
The ODPEM has since dispatched relief assistance to the Parish of Portland. Relief items will be sent to the parishes of St Ann and St Mary tomorrow. The Parish Welfare mechanism, led by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS), in all three parishes has been activated and are carrying out assessments.
The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the ODPEM will tomorrow be carrying out air reconnaissance and food will be flown in to communities which have been isolated.
In Bybrook, the Bridge and ten (10) houses have been damaged by flood waters
The Swift River Bridge has been destroyed. The District of Bloomfield has been flooded out and approximately six (6) houses have been washed away. A Shelter has been activated in Bloomfield.
The Main Road to Fruitful Vale is still blocked.
The Cascade to Buff Bay Road is currently being cleared
The Fern Gully Road and the Lime Hall to Chalky Hill Main Road is open to vehicular traffic.
The Fort George to Cumsee Road and the Junction Road are being cleared.
The ODPEM has been advised that there is an oil spill along the Spur Tree Hill in Manchester, Motorists are being advised to proceed with caution as clean up efforts are not completed.
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