Jamaica – Floods Wreak Havoc on Roads in Northern Parishes

Heavy rain on 11 December, 2016, caused flooding in parts of the northern parishes of St Ann and St Mary in Jamaica. The worst hit areas were Runaway Bay and Dunbarton in St. Ann, where flood water in some roads well over 1 metre deep.

Roads have been damaged by the force of the flood water, leaving some areas cut off. Images on Social Media showed stretches of road ripped up and cars overturned and submerged in the floods. One vehicle was said to have been dragged 500 metres in the flood water. There are also some reports of damage to homes. However, no injuries or fatalities have been reported.

Flood damaged road in St Ann, Jamaica. Credit: National Works Agency (NWA) Jamaica

On Sunday Meteorological Service Jamaica issued a warning, saying that “a Surface Trough that moved across Jamaica last night into this morning has been influencing the weather across the island, especially northern parishes today.”

Jamaica Met added that further rain could be on the way, reporting that “a High Pressure Ridge is expected to build across the island tonight into tomorrow. As a result, the forecast is for isolated showers mainly across hilly inland areas of northern parishes tomorrow (12 December).”

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Last updated: December 12, 2016