Update on Hurricane Dean

Hurricane Dean JamaicaDamage caused by Hurricane Dean - Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM)
August 20, 2007
Last Updated: 1100 AM EDT


Parishes

St. Thomas: extensive damage has been reported from several communities. Significant wind damage to roofs, storm surges, flooding, collapsed structures, impassable roadways are among the many reports.

St. James: the community of Coral Gardens is severely affected by wind damage.

Kingston and St. Andrew: severe wind damage and downed power lines in the Riverton city area. Also, a fallen tree caused the collapse of a residential building in the Chambers Lane Area of Liguanea, St. Andrew.

Clarendon: flooding has been reported from the Denbigh gully.

Portland: several roadways in Port Antonio, Manchioneal, Mount James and Mount Airy in Buff Bay are blocked.

St. Mary: several roadways from Junction to Broadgate are impassable, blocked by fallen trees.

St. Catherine: storm surges have been reported along the Port Henderson road in Portmore rendering the roadway impassable along with roof damage in the communities of Naggo Head and Newland. The Newland Road is also impassable due to a fallen utility pole. Additionally, sections of the roadway have been eroded in Hellshire due to storm surges and rising water levels have been reported in Old Harbour forcing the evacuation of several persons.


Services

Telecommunications: cellular telephone lines are down in sections of Portland, St. Mary, and Clarendon and there is no communication link with St. Thomas with efforts are underway to re-establish this.

Electricity: well over 125,000 Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) customers are without power supply.

Water Supply: there have been reports of damage to water supply systems.

Source: Gleaner/Power 106 News
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