The St James Police have confirmed that the body of a child has been found in Montego Bay following heavy rains on Tuesday.

Deputy Mayor of Montego Bay, Richard Vernon, told our news centre that a 12-year-old girl and her grandmother were swept away in the Barnett River due to heavy rains.

However, the police say they are unable to confirm if the body found is that of the missing 12-year-old.

It’s understood the family was in a motor vehicle that was swept away at the entrance of the Westgate community.

The child’s father and sister were rescued.

Several motorists and pedestrians were adversely affected by the heavy rains on Tuesday afternoon.

Head of the Constabulary’s Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch, P-STEB, Assistant Commissioner, Gary McKenzie, says there were reports of traffic problems in the corporate area.

However, he says much of those issues were quickly resolved.

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica issued a flash flood watch on Tuesday afternoon. The Met Service says a persistent trough across the central Caribbean continues to influence weather conditions across the island.

The flash flood watch will remain in effect until 5:00 pm on Wednesday.