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Press Release # 2 Issued on: Tuesday May 16, 2017 at 7:00 am.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is urging citizens to continue to be vigilant as the rainfall affecting sections of the island is expected to continue through-out the day. The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has advised that the Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for low-lying and flood prone areas of St. Mary, Portland, St. Thomas, Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland.

A  Flash Flood Watch also remains in effect for low-lying and flood-prone areas of Hanover, St. James, Trelawny, and St. Ann and is effective until 5:00 p.m. today.

The ODPEM has received reports of the impact in the following parishes;

  • Clarendon
  • St Catherine
  • St Ann
  • Manchester
  • St Thomas

The Rio Cobre River in the Bog Walk Gorge is at a critical level and as a result that corridor may be closed soon.  The Disaster Committee in the affected parishes are expected to activate their Parish Emergency Operations Centre and open Shelters as necessary. Persons are again urged to take the necessary steps to protect life.   

  • A FLASH FLOOD WARNING means flooding has been reported or will occur shortly. Motorists and pedestrians should not attempt to cross flooded roadways or other low-lying areas as strong currents are likely. Residents in low-lying areas should be on the look out for rising waters and be ready to move quickly to higher ground.

 A FLASH FLOOD WATCH means that flash flooding is possible and residents are advised to take precautionary measures, keep informed by listening to further releases from the Meteorological Service and be ready for quick action if flooding is observed or if a Warning is issued.

  Flood Safety Tips

 Be ready to evacuate if you live in low-lying or flood-prone areas.

Decide on likely evacuation routes now.

 Avoid flooded waterways, i.e. Fords, gullies, streams or rivers, either on foot or in       vehicles.

 The ODPEM will continue to monitor the situation

 Contact- Delmares White, Director, Information & Training, ODPEM; dwhite@odpem.org.jm;

Tel: 1(876) 399-1627

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