Jamaica: Damage assessment underway in Trelawny

OCHO RIOS (JIS), Thursday, July 14, 2005 - The Trelawny Parish Disaster Committee is carrying out assessments to ascertain the level of damage in the parish as a result of Hurricane Dennis.

Parish Disaster Coordinator, Dion Hylton, told JIS News that the northern section of the parish suffered the worst effects of the hurricane, with flooding reported in areas such as Logwood Valley and Bunkers Hill.

There have not been any reports of damage to houses, with losses limited to household appliances and personal items such as clothing, she said.

She further informed that some areas were experiencing power outage as a result of the hurricane, which have also disrupted the supply of piped water.

"Lorrimers is one such area that was experiencing black out and water problems but the entire Trelawny has had full restoration of electricity and water supply," she told JIS News.

Meanwhile, she said that all 111 persons, who were being accommodated at five shelters across the parish, have returned to their homes.

Shelters were opened at the William Knibb High School to accommodate 77 persons; Campbell's Church housed 23 persons; Rio Bueno All-age School provided shelter for three persons, while Deliverance Tabernacle Church and First Holiness Church, each accommodated four shelter seekers.

Ms. Hylton said that the parish was prepared for the hurricane, with most of the drains cleaned and that the shelter managers and the councillors had advised citizens in the flood prone-areas to evacuate.

The Disaster Coordinator is appealing to residents, especially those in the Clark's Town area, to be on the alert and evacuate in case of heavy rainfall.