Severe flooding in St Vincent
KINGSTOWN –– A number of houses were destroyed and other damaged in several areas in St Vincent and the Grenadines, while floodwaters exposed the contents of some graves at the Sandy Bay Cemetery and blocked, damaged, or destroyed a number of bridges as a trough system dumped large amounts of rain across the country Monday night into Tuesday morning.
Deputy Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), Michelle Forbes, said Tuesday morning that floods and landslides have already been reported in a number of areas in St Vincent.
“We are asking persons to stay off the road. We already have floods in several communities in St Vincent and we expect the rains to continue,” Forbes said.
She said NEMO has received reports of flooding in Rose Bank, Dark View, Vermont, Sandy Bay, Owia, and some areas of Georgetown,
“We are asking residents on [the] banks of all the major rivers in mainland St. Vincent to exercise caution. Do not wait until the rivers have started to overflow to evacuate to higher grounds.”
Forbes also urged persons living in areas prone to landslide to take precaution, adding that there were already landslides in Sandy Bay, which has cut off vehicular traffic to areas north of the North Windward community.
Forbes said that persons who do not have to be on the roads should stay at home and away from flooded areas.
“Stay away from those areas that can be flooded. We expect these rains to move across the middle of the island. Other areas may become impacted. Persons in areas like Mespo, Kingstown, we already have some flooding in Vermont, persons living in Buccament Bay, South Rivers, and along the major rivers that we have had flooding in the past, exercise caution,” Forbes said.
The flood watch for SVG that was issued on the weekend was upgraded to a flood warning on Monday.
A flood warning is issued when flooding is imminent or is already occurring.
Forecasters say the flood warning may be further extended should conditions become necessary.
NEMO said that the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) has been partially activated and NEMO, through the Barbados Meteorological Services and the St Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Office will continue to monitor the situation. (iWitness News)