Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds. (FP)

Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, has repeated calls for residents to be careful as the island continues to be drenched by heavy rainfall.

For the second straight day, the Barbados Meteorological Services (MET Office) upgraded a flood watch to a flood warning, as a tropical wave continues to affect the island.

Noting that the ground was already saturated from previous rain events, the Director urged persons living in flood prone areas to be vigilant and ensure that the wells and drains around their homes are cleared.

In situations where help may be required to remove debris and clear areas, Ms. Hinds reminded persons that they could reach out to a representative from their District Emergency Organization, or contact the DEM at 438-7575, for assistance.

She also urged motorists to avoid driving through flooded areas, and to be mindful of pedestrians and avoid splashing them.

Ms. Hinds has also reminded persons with overgrown trees at their homes or on their properties to ensure that they trim them to avoid potential damage, harm or death.

However, if the trees are growing near or over a power line, they should contact the Barbados Light and Power Company Limited for assistance.

The Director stressed that this was still the most active part of the hurricane season, and therefore, these type of weather events were to be expected.

“However, the onus is on everyone to be prepared and have their emergency supplies and their go bags close to hand in the event of an emergency,” she said.

Acting Director of the MET Office, Sabu Best, echoed similar concerns as it relates to saturated ground levels and wind gusts resulting in trees falling.

He urged motorists and pedestrians to stand clear of tall trees at this time, as more heavy rains are expected to drench the island later this afternoon into tonight.

He also cautioned residents and visitors to be prepared for the possibility of large water settlements on roads and fields that could result in delays on traffic routes or roads becoming impassable.

Persons may also log on to the Barbados Meteorological Services website, the DEM’s website, or the social media pages for the two agencies, or download the CAP app from their mobile phones, for updates.

julia.rawlins-bentham@barbados.gov.bb

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