The first draft of the National Oil Spill Management Plan for Montserrat is nearing completion.
Astrid Wade, Senior Disaster Management Coordinator at the DMCA , is collaborating with Delta Petroleum Regional Health, Safety, Security and Environment Manager Ryan Als on the development of the National Oil Spill management plan.
GENERAL SITUATION: Showers and thunderstorms associated with a deep layered low pressure system have now shifted south of area hence leaving an atmosphere reduced in moisture and instability. Only some brief and localized showers are possible from some shallow moisture and instability remaining in the atmosphere.
TODAY: Partly sunny to cloudy with the chance of some brief and localized showers.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy to cloudy with the chance of some more brief and localized showers.
The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) is urging residents in Isles Bay Hill and persons entering Zone C to be cautious when crossing the Belham River Valley due to the possibility of mudflows or lahars at any time.
This as the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services has issued a flash flood advisory for minor flooding in low lying and flood prone areas for Montserrat until 8:00 o’clock tonight.
Whenever, there’s heavy rainfall, it is likely to generate lahars or mudflows, which may cut off access to areas south of the Belham River.
Residents and motorists in or using flood prone areas should also exercise additional caution in these conditions.
Residents south of Belham are reminded to have sufficient stock of food, medications and other supplies in the event access to these areas is disrupted and there’s a delay in restoring access.
Please be mindful that the emergency services may not be able to respond immediately after, or at your request.
THE ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD ADVISORY FOR MINOR FLOODING IN LOW LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS OF ANTIGUA, BARBUDA, MONTSERRAT, ST. KITTS, NEVIS, ANGUILLA AND THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS VALID UNTIL 8 PM TODAY.
A FLOOD ADVISORY MEANS THAT STREAMS, CREEKS AND DRAINS MAY BE ELEVATED OR EVEN OVERFLOWING INTO STREETS, LOW LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS; HOWEVER, PROPERTY DAMAGE WILL BE MINIMAL.
INCONVENIENCES CAN BE EXPECTED, BUT, THE FLOODING IS NOT EXPECTED TO BE IMMEDIATELY LIFE THREATENING.
HOWEVER, JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS BE EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS, AND IF IN DOUBT, MAKE THE SMART CHOICE, TURN AROUND DONT DROWN MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION AS A FLOOD WATCH OR WARNING MAY BECOME NECESSARY.
GENERAL SITUATION: A broad high-pressure ridge is the dominant feature and this will result in a moderate wind flow pursuing shallow clouds over the Leewards and BVI today and tonight
WEATHER: Today: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of brief passing showers.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of brief passing showers.
SPECIAL WARNING: A small craft advisory remains in effect.
WINDS: East-northeast at 7-15kts or 13-28km/h.
To this end, the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) is collaborating with Delta Petroleum on the development of the plan.
In this edition of the Disaster Management Coordination Agency’s (DMCA) radio programme – “PREPARE AND PREVENT”, Delta Petroleum Regional Health, Safety, Security and Environment Manager Ryan Als who is assisting the DMCA with the development of this plan, spoke on the programme.
Mr Als says Delta's vision is to have a coordinated effort to deal with any potential hazards associated with oil products.
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