Flood rains wreaked havoc on swathes of western Jamaica on the weekend, resulting in millions of dollars in damage and untold woe for residents who lament being years-long victims of the nightmarish weather.
St James, Hanover, and Westmoreland were worst affected, with dozens of farmers, homeowners, and businesses hit hard by floodwaters and squally weather that destroyed crops.
Farmers in St James communities such as Adelphi, Garlands, Hampton, and Springfield reported suffering devastation, while elsewhere, in Cascade and Sandy Bay in Hanover, residents were mostly affected by flooding.
George Hanson told The Gleaner that more than half-acre of his banana farm in south St James was destroyed by a freak storm that hit the west late Saturday afternoon.
“The heavy breeze tear dung a whole section o’ mi banana field, and right now, is like mi entire world turn upside down,” Hanson said.