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  • Persistent heavy rainfall in sections of Westmoreland on May 19 and 20 left some major roadways across the parish inundated and badly damaged and in many cases, inaccessible to vehicular traffic.
  • Some of the worst affected areas are: McNeill Lands, Frome, Little London, Three Miles River, Grange Hill, Petersfield, Bethel Town, Chester Castle and adjoining communities.
  • The Coordinator is advising residents, especially those residing in flood-prone and low-lying areas, to be on the alert and to vacate their dwellings without hesitation.

Persistent heavy rainfall in sections of Westmoreland on May 19 and 20 left some major roadways across the parish inundated and badly damaged and in many cases, inaccessible to vehicular traffic.

Some of the worst affected areas are: McNeill Lands, Frome, Little London, Three Miles River, Grange Hill, Petersfield, Bethel Town, Chester Castle and adjoining communities.

Disaster Preparedness Coordinator for the parish, Rev. Hilma Tate, told JIS News that her team was out in the field to ensure that all disaster emergency shelters across the parish are on full alert, in the event that the rains continue and families have to vacate their dwellings.

“I am confident that up to 97 per cent of them will be ready to accommodate persons,” she said.

The Coordinator is advising residents, especially those residing in flood-prone and low-lying areas, to be on the alert and to vacate their dwellings without hesitation if there is heavy flooding, so as to protect and preserve lives.

“I am also advising residents and especially students trying to get home from school during these heavy downpours, not to attempt to cross flooded roadways and  bodies of water that appear ‘suspicious’.  If possible, seek the help and assistance of adults and avoid playing in the waters. Adults who may have to relocate quickly and who may need assistance to do so should call the Parish Council, the Police or the Fire Brigade,” Rev. Tate advised.