by Alecia Smith (Jamaica Observer) The National Works Agency (NWA) was busy Friday clearing blocked roads as heavy rains from a severe weather system caused flooding and landslides in a number of areas, forcing several businesses and government agencies to close early and send home staff.
The agency said it had to deal with more than 30 incidents involving issues such as fallen rocks, landslides, flooding, scoured surfaces, and breakaways.
NWA Manager of Communication and Customer Services Stephen Shaw said the bulk of the incidents were in the parishes of St Andrew, St Catherine, Portland and St Thomas.
In the meantime, Jamaicans were warned to brace for more heavy rains and flooding into the weekend, even with lifting of the tropical storm watch for Jamaica on Friday afternoon.
The Meteorological Service of Jamaica (Met Service), in a release on Friday, said the poorly organised weather system continues to be a significant rainfall producer and, due to soil saturation, flooding is likely to continue.
“This could result in landslides in some areas, mainly over southern and eastern parishes,” the Met Service said.