Seven Persons in Shelters

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  • The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has reported that seven persons are in two shelters that have been opened in Little London and Mylersfield in Westmoreland, to accommodate persons impacted by the heavy rains.
  • Meanwhile, the National Works Agency (NWA) has reported that heavy equipment has been dispatched to a section of the Sir Florizel Glasspole Boulevard, in St. Andrew, where work is currently underway to reopen a section of the carriageway to two-lane traffic.
  • Work teams are on their way to the Mavis Bank, Papine to Redlight, Redlight to Hardwar Gap and Kintyre to Bull Bay main roads in St. Andrew to assess the severity of landslides which have been reported.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has reported that seven persons are in two shelters that have been opened in Little London and Mylersfield in Westmoreland, to accommodate persons impacted by the heavy rains.

Heavy rainfall, which began on Sunday evening (May 6), has resulted in flooding and landslides on a number of roadways in St. Andrew and Western Jamaica.

Meanwhile, the National Works Agency (NWA) has reported that heavy equipment has been dispatched to a section of the Sir Florizel Glasspole Boulevard, in St. Andrew, where work is currently underway to reopen a section of the carriageway to two-lane traffic.

Both eastbound and westbound traffic are being accommodated on the westbound lane in the vicinity of Danny’s Marina as a result of debris.

Work teams are on their way to the Mavis Bank, Papine to Redlight, Redlight to Hardwar Gap and Kintyre to Bull Bay main roads in St. Andrew to assess the severity of landslides which have been reported.

Silt is also impacting the Mount Pleasant and Stony Hill to Tom’s River main roads.

The section of the Mavis Bank main road in the vicinity of the Louise Bennett Primary School has been reduced to single lane traffic and motorists are being advised to proceed with extreme caution along that corridor.

Over in Western Jamaica, sections of the Three Miles River, Chantilly and Petersfield to Galloway main roads in Westmoreland are flooded but passable.

Landslides have also reduced sections of the Stettin to Highgate Hall main road in the communities of Wire Fence, Allsides and Wait-A-Bit in Trelawny to single lane traffic.

The National Meteorological Centre said that the inclement weather, caused by a trough across the Caribbean, is expected to continue tonight into tomorrow (May 8).

A gradual improvement is expected late Tuesday evening into Wednesday (May 9).

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