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Early warning systems to be set up in several flood-prone areas

Desmond McKenzie
 
The government is to set up early warning systems in several areas which are frequently flooded when it rains, in the wake of incidents such as last month's flooding in Montego Bay, St. James, in which an elderly woman and her granddaughter were washed away.
 
Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie said the areas include Benson Ford in St. Andrew, Port Maria in St. Mary and Alley Bridge in Clarendon. 
 
"We saw what happened in Montego Bay a couple weeks ago and our heart goes out, and it is important that the country understands and recognise [sic], when you see flooding, don't try to cross it," Mr. McKenzie urged as he spoke in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.  
 
Two weeks ago, the St. James Municipal Corporation officially called off its search for 68-year-old Beryl Walters, who was washed away during flood rains in the Westgate area of Montego Bay.
 
Mrs Walters, her husband, their daughter and 12-year-old granddaughter Jennel were swept away in their family car on April 19.
 
Mr. Walters and his daughter were rescued from the floodwaters. 
 
Jennel died and her body was recovered, while Mrs Walters was never found. 


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