Rain causes flooding, landslides

HEAVY rainfall affecting the island over the last three days has caused flooding and landslides along several roads in Clarendon, St Catherine, and St Andrew, the National Works Agency (NWA) said yesterday.

NWA Communication and Customer Services Manager Stephen Shaw said some roads in Clarendon and St Andrew were impassable following yesterday’s rain.

“In Clarendon, the main roads from Kellits to McNie, May Pen to Sour Sop Turn, Danks to Mears Bridge, Mears Bridge to Grenock Bridge, and St Johns to Pedro were all flooded and impassable,” Shaw said. There was also flooding in the Aenon Town, Carty Hill and Spalding communities in Clarendon.

Shaw said the NWA was working to mitigate flooding in some of the areas, including Aenon Town, where a sinkhole and gully were being cleaned, as well as the McNie area, where water from the Mother Robert Gully affected the community.

In St Andrew, the main road from Papine to Redlight was blocked because of a landslide, while motorists using the Sir Florizel Glaspole Highway experienced delays because of flooding.

In St Catherine, there was flooding on Jobs Lane, which the NWA said was caused by a collapsed culvert in the area.

Shaw, meanwhile, said that work continued in Mahagony Vale, St Thomas, where the road was blocked by a landslide Tuesday night. Landslides also affected the flow of traffic on the Windsor Forrest road and the corridor from Easington to Llandewey.

All road users were asked to exercise extreme caution when using corridors impacted by the heavy rainfall.