Flooding occurs when drainage channels are filled and the rivers and streams can no longer accommodate the excessive water generated by severe weather conditions. The drainage channels then overtop their natural or artificial banks and water enters the surrounding lands to cause flooding.
Jamaicans most likely to be worst affected by flooding are those who live in flood-prone areas such as low-lying, coastal areas and those who occupy gully banks. While flood plain maps can identify flood-prone areas and forewarn of flooding, it is the planned and prompt actions of the individuals and the community that will determine the extent of the flood impact and save lives.
The following resources can help you become better prepared for flood events within your area:
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