Minister of Local Government, Desmond McKenzie and executives of the National Works Agency will be touring sections of Marcus Garvery drive that were flooded Tuesday afternoon, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded. The tour is planned for noon today (Wednesday) to help determine the cause of the flooding on roads recently rehabilitated.
Flash flooding worsened traffic conditions in sections of the Corporate Area yesterday afternoon, in some instances forcing motor vehicles to come to a complete halt for between half an hour and two hours.
The extreme flooding, brought on by heavy rains which drenched sections of the island on Tuesday, left sections of Marcus Garvey Drive impassable for hours as water inundated the roadways in the vicinity of Tinson Pen and sections close to the Greenwich Town intersection.
Sections of Maxfield Avenue, Waterloo Road, Half-Way-Tree Road and Hope Road experienced 45-minute delays due to the low visibility and high water levels.
The situation was markedly worse on Marcus Garvey Drive, a key link between downtown Kingston and Portmore as well as downtown and Three Miles.
Motorists were stranded for over three hours on either side of the busy thoroughfare.
A video obtained by Jamaica Today shows a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus stalled in the overwhelming flood waters – with the police using a van to evacuate passengers.
The National Works Agency (NWA), while confirming the flooding and ensuing traffic snare at the intersection of Marcus Garvey Drive and 9th Avenue via its Twitter feed, did not disclose what may have led to the phenomenon.
As at 7am, Wednesday morning, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has assured that traffic is freely flowing once again along Marcus Garvey Drive, as the waters have receded.
By: Franklin McKnight