MP tells residents in North be mindful of flooding
The scene at Alleynedale St Lucy earlier this morning
Member of Parliament for St Lucy Peter Phillip has sounded a warning to residents of that parish to take heed of the warning issued by the Met Office about the possibility of flash flooding accompany a tropical wave presently affecting the island.
From late last night, into the early hour of today, Saturday, November 9, resident had been experiencing thunderstorms which brought heavy rains, and many woke up to water pushing in and around their homes.
Speaking on the state-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation Radio, Phillips, who is Minister in the Ministry of Transport Works and Maintenance, said several districts and roads, including Well Road, Pie Corner and sections of St Clements were impassable.
“There are problems in Mount Gay; there are problems in Pickering as well where the water has overtaken the road. In Crab Hill, there are reports of flooding and water beginning to enter people’s homes . . . so I am taking all those reports.
“My team has been contacted; we have been in touch with the District Emergency Organisation (DEO) so that we can help as much we possibly can. [But] we will need to have maybe a shelter or two opened because we don’t know how widespread the situation is right now,” he revealed.
In an appeal to residents, especially those impacted, the minister also urged them to stay calm and take the necessary precautions. This included safeguarding valuable documents and valuables.
“We will be out on the road as soon as the rains [and flood waters] subsides. We would also want to put the teams from the Transports Works and Maintenance on notice so that we can have the various areas cleared as quickly as possible.“To those who don’t need to be on the road at this time, please stay indoors. We will do whatever we can and to get all the resources that we can to get the situation under control,” Phillips noted.as he he urged residents in needs of assistance to contact him at 231-9365 or his Personal Assistant Danny Babb at 266-2530.