THE Meteorological Service last night extended its severe weather alert to today as it forecasts heavy rains induced by a trough over the Central Caribbean to continue pummelling the island.
"Satellite imagery and radar reports indicated that moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms have been affecting southern and sections of some northern parishes, since this morning. These showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue tonight and into Tuesday. Flash flooding is therefore possible over low-lying and flood-prone areas," the Met office said in its 5:00 pm bulletin, while advising that conditions will gradually improve tomorrow as the "trough moves toward the western Caribbean, and away from Jamaica".
But the forecast has induced fear among residents of several flood-prone Corporate Area communities and heightened calls for the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation to pay attention to the city's clogged drains.
"Right now, because of the rain the entire community is still under water, and with the rains continuing we are worried," said Nicholas Bowes of Callaloo Mews, where homes were being threatened by rising floodwaters.
"Because of the rain is a vehicle we had to use to move the schoolchildren from the school (Callaloo Mews Basic) in the area," added Latoya Douglas, who walked through knee-high, murky water to the school to get her son.
Over on Maxfield Avenue residents shared similar concerns.
"Right now, the rain just start and the whole area flooded. Mi jus' a pray seh things do not get worse," said Errol Smith.
In New Haven, as the floodwaters rose, there were cries for the drains there to be cleaned post-haste.
However, no one seemed to mind the danger posed by several illegal electricity connections along the flooded roadway on which students were walking home from school.
Meanwhile, several main roads were flooded, causing severe inconvenience to motorists — some of whose vehicles broke down. Along sections of Mountain View and Windward Road in east Kingston, floodwaters made it impossible for motorists to travel in the area. Mona Road was also flooded with only the bravest of motorists venturing through the rising water. The Grant's Pen Road ford, in the vicinity of Fagan Avenue, was also impassable.