MONTEGO BAY — The heavy rains lashing the island for the last few days have had little or no impact on the western parishes.
Reports from the Disaster Preparedness Co-ordinators in the parishes of Trelawny, St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland, have outlined only three minor land slippages and one blocked road in the region.
Disaster Preparedness Co-ordinator for Trelawny, Dion Hylton-Lewis, told JIS News that as at midday yesterday, she has not received any report of flooding in the parish, and only one instance of road blockage by debris.
“Only the road leading from Martha Brae to Perth Town I have received a report that it was blocked by marl. I have informed the National Works Agency (NWA) and they have gone to investigate,” she noted.
In St. James, Tamoy Sinclair, informed that she has received no reports of any flooding or other damage caused by the continuous rainfall occurring in the parish, except for damages done to the roadway in the vicinity of the Sangster International Airport. She noted that crews have been dispatched to confirm the extent of the damage near the airport, and to monitor low lying areas.
Hilma Tate of Westmoreland also reported no damage in that parish, despite the continuous rainfall.
Olga Fae Headly of Hanover, is reporting that a drain cleaning exercise carried out in the town of Lucea about one week ago has prevented flooding in that town, despite very heavy rainfall over the last few days. “We have two landslips, one in the vicinity of Hilloughby, and another one at Buxton,” she said.
She noted that these landslips are on the Cascade to Flower Hill roadway, and this has resulted in single lane traffic on the road.
“Apart from that, we have no real problems reported so far,” she said, adding that both the NWA and the Hanover Parish Council personnel are monitoring the situation across the parish.
By BRYAN MILLER, JIS Reporter