Flooding in Jamaica 4 Dec 2003

Report
from Government of Jamaica
Published on 04 Dec 2003
By ODPEM, Jamaica

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), has been advised by the Meteorological Service that the island will be affected by outbreaks of showers and thunderstorms as a result of disturbed weathers. These showers are expected to continue during the course of today, bringing a high potential for flooding in low-lying and flood prone areas.

Flooding has been reported in the following areas:

ST ANN

- The Road leading from Fern Gully into Ocho Rios. The alternate route is through Breadnut Hill

- The Town of Ocho Rios is also flooded in the vicinity of the Texaco Station and Scotia Bank

ST MARY

- In Tryall, the road between Baileys Vale and Jacks River is blocked.

- Motorists are advised to proceed with caution when passing the Port Maria Primary School as that area is flooded and only heavy vehicles are able to access the area. Students are currently being evacuated by the Jamaica Fire Brigade.

The Public is reminded to avoid crossing flooded waterways e.g. rivers, roads, gullies or streams whether on foot or in vehicles.

Persons who live in low-lying and flood prone areas are being asked to observe the following precautions:

- Avoid washing, playing and traveling in rivers and areas subject to sudden flooding.

- Place essential items, appliances and furniture upon concrete blocks, above water level and wrap all vital documents in plastic.

- If your home is threatened by flooding, be ready to evacuate. Turn off all electric circuits at the fuse panel or disconnect switch. If this is not possible, turn off or disconnect all electrical appliances before evacuating.

THE ODPEM CONTINUES TO MONITOR THE SITUATION IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PARISH DISASTER COORDINATOR AND WILL PROVIDE UPDATES AS NECESSARY.

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