20th September 2010 – An area of moisture, drawn by a broad circulation around Hurricane Igor, produced strong winds of about 35 mph or more along with locally heavy rainfall. This caused the Virgin Islands to experience quick passing showers and thunderstorms with gusty winds, resulting in a flash flood yesterday.
These showers and thunderstorms created major flooding in some areas and caused some roads to be impassable, due to the 3.6 inches of rain, as was measured by DDM weather stations. Flooded homes were evacuated as a result of inundated areas. DDM has launched an assessment team to evaluate the extent of the damages caused by the rains of yesterday.
Some areas are still flooded and are very dangerous. Residents and visitors are reminded to exercise extreme caution as flooded roadways can be hazardous while driving.
The public is again reminded that we are in the peak of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season. Persons in flood prone areas are to be on high alert at all times. Having an evacuation plan and knowing where the shelters are is encouraged. Personal belongings should be placed up high in homes that are in flood prone areas. Any loose items or material in residential areas, persons’ yards and on construction sites should be properly secured.
The DDM remains on high alert, monitoring systems and providing weather releases as necessary. Please visit the Department of Disaster Management’s website at www.bviddm.com for continuously updated information.