Massive Flooding In Montego Bay - 1 Month Rain In 4 Hours!

by Wellesley Gayle
Published November 25, 2017
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Did you see the pictures and videos in the media? (Short video below)

It was an evening of panic, fright and disbelief on Wednesday as citizens of Montego Bay and immediate environs rode what is considered, the worst flooding in the recent history of Montego Bay - and St. James, in general.

I was there - in the middle of downtown Montego Bay and experienced it first hand!

Not pretty I tell you!

We have been getting some rains over the last few days here in Jamaica, but according to the Meteorological service, what happened on Wednesday was significant in many respects - that four hours approximated to a full month of rain!

And as you'd expect, the city was never prepared for that!

Several of the adjoining communities were wrecked, and the crisis was compounded when the main bridge in the city, which ran from several intercity communities, was blocked by debris, including stones, tree trucks, equipment, and yes old cars!

That was in the vicinity of the Island Grill, Baywest Shopping Center area.

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I saw a car submerging just behind the court house, occupants had to abandon quickly to safety.

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But the devastation was all over the town, several businesses were inundated as owners and employees had to seek refuge upstairs or on top of buildings. Union Street, strand street and the Gully area were in chaos.

As I walked around afterward the major water receded, hopping debris and puddles of water, I recognized the choas, banks (including JNBS), haberdasheries, the shoe market, pharmacies were inundated. The doors of several businesses were blocked by large logs and other debris.

At the lower section of strand street I saw a myriad of grocery and haberdashery items in the middle of the street!

And scores of cars left useless, dressed in mud and debris.

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But disasters like this, brings out the best and worst of people, including Montegonions...

While there were others with devious plans, we also had heroes; there are reports of several rescue efforts - some amazing stories I tell you, including baby rescues.

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But you should hear the street talks afterwards!
From the cause of the flooding, to a debate on the extent of the damage (compared to other disasters)

I understand that there was one casualty, but I was not able to confirm. It could have been a lot more I tell you though, so we have so much to give God thanks for.

I also understand that the prime minister toured the affected areas the following day and has pledged support for the victims, communities and business communities.

Other business interests, including Sagicor, have also come forward to help.

But the Jamaican spirit was brought to the fore again and the restoration efforts began almost immediately afterwards. Most of the city is back up and the cleanup work continues.

It's a great lesson, I believe, for a city with its own social issues, but an important lesson for all of us.

In every thing though, we give thanks - it could have been a lot worse.

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W.G

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Nov 28, 2017
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Prayers for Montego Bay...
by: Sherry

My heart and prayers go out to the people - tears stung my eyes as I watched video after video of the flood waters and news of the shootings going on in various parts of Jamaica. Never had I ever thought such a terrible thing could happen there. I have very dear friends who live there; I have been there several times in the past five years and I love Jamaica and the people I've met there. and so sad for all the loss due to the floods. I haven't been able to get in touch with my friends who live there by phone. I pray they are safe... Jamaicans are a proud people and love their country, I know they will come back stronger. I pray "God protect them and comfort them during this time of despair and for those who lost loved ones to the heartless killings my prayers go out to them." God bless Jamaica and help them find their way . Amen...

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Prayers for Montego Bay...
by: Sherry

My heart and prayers go out to the people - tears stung my eyes as I watched video after video of the flood waters and news of the shootings going on in various parts of Jamaica. Never had I ever thought such a terrible thing could happen there. I have very dear friends who live there; I have been there several times in the past five years and I love Jamaica and the people I've met there. and so sad for all the loss due to the floods. I haven't been able to get in touch with my friends who live there by phone. I pray they are safe... Jamaicans are a proud people and love their country, I know they will come back stronger. I pray "God protect them and comfort them during this time of despair and for those who lost loved ones to the heartless killings my prayers go out to them." God bless Jamaica and help them find their way . Amen...

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by: Anonymous

DURING MY FIVE WONDERFUL YEARS IN JAMAICA I LEARNED THAT JAMAICANS HAVE A WONDERFUL SENSE OF 'MAKE DO' WHEN FACED WITH PROBLEMS. MY LOVE AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO JAMAICA AND THE GOOD PEOPLE WHO CALL JAMAICA 'HOME'.

Nov 25, 2017
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by: MargaretMcBride Walker

Having lived in Jamaica for 5 years I experienced many things. However 'go-slows', water lock offs, smell of a dead cow burning for days in the empty lot up the hill from my home and grocery stores who had limited items would NOT discourage me from returning if I had the opportunity. I love Jamaica, its people and will always wish I could return there with a job to support me.

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