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Residents in flooded communities call for help from political representatives

Residents of Spring Gardens in Savanna Cross, Clarendon say a lack of proper drainage in the area is to be blamed for the flooding they are now experiencing. 

The residents were marooned today following hours of heavy rains associated with Hurricane Ian. 

The heavy rains left several houses in the area surrounded by water.

A resident made an urgent appeal for help, cautioning that community members would withdraw their vote in the next election if the area does not get some attention from the political representative. 

She complained that no representative has visited the area despite it constantly suffering from instances of flooding. 

"[It's about] time we start see people outside of the time when it is election. Where are our representatives? Where are they? We need help at Spring Garden in Savanna Cross," the woman appealed. 

In May Pen, the Jamaica Fire Brigade had to be called in to Western Park to take a woman who was in labour, to hospital.

Several vehicles in the area also developed mechanical problems due to the flooding.

St. Catherine 

Widespread flooding was also reported across St. Catherine with Radio Jamaica News being called to sections of St. John's Road, Linstead and Big Pond.

Residents complained that the lack of drain cleaning caused the flooding of their homes. 

Andrew Ferguson, a resident of Central Village told Radio Jamaica News that a section of his house collapsed. 

He said the damage resulted from a small breakaway near his house, which expanded over the weekend.

"This morning, we here and the water rise up and it soak di place and I just find part of my addition what I'm doing just collapse," he recounted. 

Mr. Ferguson said there was also a breakaway last year, after which the Member of Parliament visited the area and promised there would be a fix. But there has been nothing since. 

"All now nobody nuh come and start no form of thing so I don't know what's going on," he lamented.