Met Service Issues FLASH FLOOD WARNING for Several Parishes

A flash flood warning is in effect for Southern and North Eastern parishes across the island.

The Meteorological Service says the warning is 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 is in effect for the low-lying and flood-prone areas of Hanover, St. James, Trelawny, and St. Ann until 5 this afternoon.

The Met Service says a trough is across Jamaica and the western Caribbean.

This has been influencing the weather across the island since Saturday night.

The Met Service says it’s expecting light to moderate, and at times heavy showers, along with thunderstorms, to continue affecting sections of all parishes today through to Thursday.

Flash flooding is therefore imminent or possible over some low-lying and flood-prone areas of Jamaica.

A flash flood warning means flooding has been reported or will occur shortly.

Motorists and pedestrians should not attempt to cross flooded roads or other low-lying areas as strong currents are likely.

Residents in low-lying areas should be on the alert for rising waters and be ready to move quickly to higher ground.

Meanwhile, the parish of Clarendon has once again been hit by heavy rains, causing flooding in some areas.

However, the rains on the weekend have seemingly not resulted in the widespread damage and dislocation caused by rain last month.

Mayor of May Pen, Winston Maragh, told our news centre yesterday that so far, only roads and drains have been affected.

Police issued an advisory on Saturday, warning motorists to avoid specific roads in the parish which the rain made impassable.

Police say flooding had been reported mainly in the communities of Tollgate and Comfort.

However, Mayor Maragh says the flooding has subsided.

He says they’re seeking long-term solutions to the parish’s drainage problem.

According to preliminary figures provided by Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie, heavy rains that lashed the island in April caused almost $500-million in damage to property and infrastructure.

Clarendon was one of the worst affected parishes.