Kingston’s transportation and drainage infrastructure was not, unfortunately, planned with the greatest of foresight. It is evident that the valleys and gullies that naturally channeled water down the Blue Mountains and into the sea were systematically filled so that houses and roads could be built toÂ accommodateÂ the ever-expanding city of Kingston.
The result is too few places for too much water to go, and the people and their government are plagued by flooding, often deadly, on a yearly basis.
Tropical Storm Nicole recently made its way across the Caribbean, lingering over Jamaica, resulting in at least 10 deaths across the island and the washing away of multiple roads and bridges.
These shots are from just a few places in Kingston. At the peak of its strength, the flow of water in the gully running across the road was sweeping away volleyball sized rocks, as well as the occasional washing machine, like so many feathers.