The heavy showers that occurred in Western Jamaica yesterday August 29, has resulted in one death, the injury of three persons, and 17 motor vehicles being damaged in the Long Hill area of St. James.
In an interview with JIS News, Disaster Preparedness Co-ordinator for St. James, Miss Tamoy Sinclair explained that, "what has happened is that heavy rainfall over the last month has made the soil become saturated..this is compounded by the fact that there are a lot of springs in the Anchovy and surrounding areas up Long Hill, and also some blocked drains."
She said these factors had caused excess water to flow along the Long Hill main road during the rain, which led to the damage of property and loss of life.
Curious onlookers visiting the spot on the Long Hill main road in St. James where one woman was washed away following heavy rains in the parish on Sunday, August 29. Seventeen motor vehicles were damaged by the rushing flood waters on that roadway.
According to police reports, a woman identified as Shauna Fletcher-Archer, was killed after trying to abandon the motor vehicle in which she was a passenger, as it was being washed away by flood waters on the Long Hill Main Road. Several other vehicles that were caught in that roadway suffered severe damage.
Miss Sinclair pointed out that there were minor land slippages in other areas of the parish but no reports have been made of any major damage to persons or property.
Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, Clive Mullings, in expressing his condolences about Mrs. Archer's death said he had held discussions with Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry, about plans to rebuild the retaining walls that were damaged along the roadway, as well as reconstruct some of the other roadways that were damaged in the constituency.