Tuesday 19 September, 2017

Flood waters claimed one life in Clarendon

A resident shows JLP Councillor of the Race Course division Pauline Reynolds, and Lloyd Samuels (centre) of the Clarendon parish council, the water at the Fisher Road fording after heavy rains on Monday (FILE).

A resident shows JLP Councillor of the Race Course division Pauline Reynolds, and Lloyd Samuels (centre) of the Clarendon parish council, the water at the Fisher Road fording after heavy rains on Monday (FILE).

The intense rainfall that drenched the island for over three days has reportedly now claimed the life of one person.

He is Humphery Brown, a resident of Clarendon, who, after being reported missing on Tuesday, was found dead in the Sandy River community in the parish on Wednesday.

Reports have suggested that Brown drowned in the flood waters.

As a result, May Pen Mayor, Winston Maragh, has urged extreme caution among residents of several communities in the parish who have been badly displaced by the flooding. He suggested that no chance should be taken with high waters that are still in their midst.

The mayor has indicated that clean-up efforts are continung across the parish, and food items are being airlifted to residents of communities that have been marooned.

Mayor Maragh pointed to areas in northern Clarendon, including Pennants, Frankfield, Aenon town, Thompson Town and Mocho, which have been severely affected by land slippages.

He said the main road from Pennants to Frankfield was impassable up to Wednesday, as huge amounts of sand had been deposited on the road by the Rio Minho, which massively overflowed its banks.