Heavy rains batter Jamaica for a second day

Heavy rains battered the country for a second day, flooding roads and communities and causing landslides in some areas.

Most of country has been under a Flash Flood Warning which expires at five a-m tomorrow (September 27).

The National Works Agency NWA, reported that several roads across the country were impacted by the rains associated, with the outer bands of Hurricane Ian.

The outer bands have been producing adverse weather conditions across Jamaica since Saturday.

Many businesses did not open today, or closed early and school administrators held classes online.

Videos of flooding in several areas have been shared on social media.

Clarendon and St. Catherine were among the parishes worst affected by flooding.

However, there are reports of infrastructure damage in other parishes.

Meantime, the flash flood warning remains in effect for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St. Mary, Portland, St. Thomas, Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, and Westmoreland.

The forecast is for periods of moderate to heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, to continue across southern and northeastern parishes through to early Tuesday.

Several homes were flooded and a car was damaged after a wall collapsed due to heavy rains in Clarendon, today.

The southern parish is one of several, for which a flash flood warning is in effect.

Several areas of the parish were impacted by flooding, landslides and downed trees.

Speaking to Irie Fm News, Mayor of May Pen Winston Maragh noted that intermittent rainfall continues in the parish.

Mayor Maragh noted that a shelter has been opened to facilitate the residents whose homes have been flooded, if they desire to evacuate.

The mayor added that a car was damaged after a wall at the back of the May Pen fire station, collapsed onto it.

Meantime, residents living on the border of St. Ann and Clarendon have also been impacted by the heavy rains since last night.

Currently, the main road between Spaldings and Cave Valley is blocked by rising water.

Councillor for the Borobridge division Winston Brown said motorists travelling from Brown’s Town can only go as far as Cave Valley as water is blocking the thoroughfare beyond that point.

Persons travelling to Spaldings from Cave Valley are urged to use the alternative route through Frankfield.

And the National Works Agency says the roadway leading to Balintoy in St. Ann has been impacted by a fallen tree.

It says efforts are underway to clear the blockage.


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