Heavy rainfall watch in effect

POSTED: 11/28/11 8:02 AM

Commuters advised to be cautious as rain continues

St. Maarten – Monday is a normal business and school day but commuters should be cautious as continued intermittent and persistent, heavy rainfall could cause flooding in low lying areas, street flooding and rock falls. This is according to an advisory issued by the Department of Disaster Management on Sunday based on a forecast issued by the Meteorological Department of Curacao. That forecast states that moderate to heavy showers could cause street or urban flooding today and so the weather service has issued a heavy rainfall watch until 8:00 a.m. Monday.
“In case of heavy rainfall on Monday avoid low lying areas, look out for possible street flooding and if the rainfall is persistent while driving along hill sides watch out for rock falls. If you do not have to be on the road, remain at home. If you have to go to work, drive cautiously,” a release stated.
The rains first started coming on Sunday due to a mid to upper level trough that has entered the area and which is forecast to influence the weather over a two day period. The Fire Department surveyed the districts and no major problems were discovered. The Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning, and Infrastructure (VROMI) has opened the Great Bay Channel to allow access water from the Fresh Pond to flow into the ocean.

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