Portland residents fearful as heavy rain wrecks havoc


April 23, 2016
Gareth Davis Photo A bridge at Seaview Farm road near Boundbrook, which was almost covered by flood waters.

The National Works Agency (NWA) is monitoring the flooding situation in sections of Portland after heavy rains drenched sections of the parish between Thursday night and yesterday.

Some schools in the parish were closed yesterday as roads leading to these institutions were impassable.

Among the affected schools are Port Antonio High, Titchfield High, Boundbrook Primary, Hill Preparatory, Norwich Primary, and Comfort Castle Primary in the Rio Grande Valley.

"It's been a long time since I have seen rain falling like this," commented Barrington Hamilton, a resident at West Street in Port Antonio.

One resident of Fellowship, Maxine Brown, was trapped in her house for several hours after rising water inundated her property.

"Water was everywhere, and I was so scared," she said.

"All my furniture and appliances, including sofa, beds, television sets, refrigerator, DVD player, stereo, and clothes iron were damaged. Should this continue for the next day or so, we must dead," Brown said.