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Wotton flooded out

Maria Bradshaw

Wotton flooded out

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Flood waters rose to over five feet at Wotton, Christ Church today, trapping several distressed residents in their homes.
Officials at the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) deemed the area one of the worst affected when persistent showers drenched the island for several hours starting from around 3a.m.
Residents in the close knit community, who are no strangers to flooding in the area, lamented that it was the first time since 1983 that the water had risen to such a high level.
Several young men from the district went from house to house in a small plastic toy boat and a small fiber glass boat, using pieces of wood, shovels and rakes as oars helping distressed residents secure household items and their vehicles and even ferrying some to and from their homes.
They also dived into the murky water removing grills from the drains and attempting to clear them – but this did not help.
Residents said it appeared that all of the drains were blocked and the water invaded several of the houses.
Roy Ward of the DEM hurriedly called for rescuers and reinforcements when he arrived on the scene around 9 a.m and saw the high water level.
This afternoon the DEM closed the road to vehicular traffic.