Hurricane Dennis Sitrep #1 - Hurricane Dennis dumps torrential rain on Jamaica

Report
from Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency
Published on 08 Jul 2005
The Event: Hurricane Dennis a strong Category 3 system as it traversed the North East coast of Jamaica for most of Thursday, July 7, 2005, dumped significant amount of torrential rainfall in central and eastern parishes. Dennis strengthened overnight to a dangerous Category 4 Hurricane and is now threatening central Cuba as it moves northwest over the island. The Hurricane Warning has now been lifted for Jamaica.

The Prognosis: The Weather condition in Jamaica is still adverse with many parishes still experiencing rainfall this morning. Government Offices and private sector entities are resuming normal operations. The International Airports have re-opened.

THE SITUATION

The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management has advised that the main impact of Hurricane Dennis has been in the eastern third of the country. Areas affected are indicated below:

Communities Affected
Parish
Impact
Seaforth
St. Thomas
Flooding
Serge Island
St. Thomas
Flooding
Trinityville, Mount Lebanus
St. Thomas
Flooding
Hillside
St. Thomas
Flooding/ Landslides, Debris Flows
Penline Castle, Hagley Gap

Lloyds
St. Thomas

St. Thomas
Landslides and Flooding (All Roads are impassable)
Community being flooded by the Mandicut River
Morant Bay
St. Thomas
Bamboo River and Browns Gully in Spate
Bridgeport
2 East
Waterford
2North
3 North
8 West
4 West
4 East
1 North
Silverstone
3 East
Whitewater Meadows
Willowdene
Jobs Lane
Featherbed Lane
St. Johns Road
St. Catherine
St. Catherine
St. Catherine
St. Catherine
St. Catherine
St. Catherine
St. Catherine
St. Catherine
St. Catherine
St. Catherine
St. Catherine
St. Catherine
St. Catherine
St. Catherine
St. Catherine
St. Catherine
Reported Flooding
Reported Flooding
Reported Flooding
Reported Flooding
Reported Flooding
Reported Flooding
Reported Flooding
Reported Flooding
Reported Flooding
Reported Flooding
Reported Flooding
Reported Flooding
Reported Flooding
Reported Flooding
Reported Flooding
Reported Flooding
Mammee River
Somerset
St. Andrew
St. Andrew
2 houses washed away
Landslide, blocking road
Norman Manley Highway
Washington Gardens
Kingston
Highway reported Flooded
Flooding Reported

CASUALTIES

One casualty was reported in St. Thomas but remains to be confirmed.

SHELTERS

Shelters were opened in all parishes to accommodate persons wishing to seek more secure shelter. Close to six thousand (6000) persons are in shelters.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACTIONS

The ODPEM is coordinating in conjunction with its response partners, search and rescue activities in situations where persons are marooned due to rising flood waters.

PRELIMINARY DAMAGE AND NEEDS ASSESSMENT

All parishes are currently undertaking assessments of damages and needs.

REGIONAL RESPONSE

Based on discussions between the ODPEM and CDERA and the preliminary indication that the level of impact would not warrant a level three response, as provided for under the Regional Coordination Plan, the Regional Response Mechanism is hereby "Stood Down" as of this SITREP. The CDERA Coordinating Unit continues to monitor the situation and will provide any focused support as required.

SITREPs on Hurricane Dennis' impact on Jamaica will be issued as information becomes available. These may be viewed at www.cdera.org.

Contact Details: The CDERA CU 24hr contact number is 246 425 0386