“St Lucy hard hit by heavy rains”

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Less than two hours after the rain started to fall this morning, chairman of the St Lucy District Emergency Organisation, Rontae Johnson-Annius, was receiving calls about flooding in the parish.

Johnson-Annius said the rain started around 6 a.m. and by 7:45 she was getting a picture of what was going on in Barbados’ northern-most parish.

Just before midday, she told Nation News “basically every place is flooded”, but there are no injuries.

There are reports of flooding across St Lucy, pools of water around homes, some homes have been breached by flood water and roads are impassable.

The district chair said her team of between 60 to 70 people were on the ground providing reports. She can be reached at 439-8169.

Johnson-Annius gave a snap shot of some of the damage in her parish.

  • Many of the gullies are full to the brim and water has flooded surrounding areas.
  • Water is making its way to the sea, but it will take some time given the volume of rain.
  • The road from Northumberland to Hope Road is impassable because the gully there is at its limit, with water from Harris and Bridge Road also using that channel.
  • From St Lucy Church to Crab Hill Police Station was impassable, but the road is now open.
  • From Crab Hill Police Station to Greenidges, the road is impassable because the pump house is flooded and the water there is very high.
  • Homes in Alexandria and Mount Gay are flooded.
  • The water was high at Alleyndale, but that flowed off.
  • Benthams and Colleton are impassable.

The Met Office says a westward-moving tropical wave and an upper-level trough have been generating pockets of moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms and occasional gusty winds over some sections of Barbados for several hours.

A flash flood warning is in effect until 5 p.m. and director of the Department of Emergency Management, Kerry Hinds, has urged residents to remain indoors. (SAT)