Moneague Flooding (Jamaica)

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Moneague Flooding (Jamaica)
Moneague Flooding
Hebert Thomas, Water Resources Authority, Jamaica
Content
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Description
History
Causes
Present status and projections
Recommendations
Summary
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Location
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History of Flooding
Year of Rise
Annual Rainfall
(mm)
Duration of lake
(years)
1804
1810
1863
1874
1886
1916
1933
1963
1970
1974
1988
2002
2004, 2005
Impact
3 sq. mi.
covered
3,205
3
3,582
>3
> 0.7 sq. miles, >
8 houses
covered. 2 lives
lost
I life lost
>3
3,398 for 2005
Still rising in
2006
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.65 sq. miles, 12
houses covered
2 lives lost
19
71
1964
197
6
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193
4
06
197
60
6-1
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Flooding Factors
Geology
Topography
Rainfall
Antecedent conditions
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Geology
Geologic Factors
•Volcanics – runoff from
whch is recharge to the
Limestone Formation
•Basin underlain by White
Limestone Formation
BH #9
BH #10
-Features; faults, fractures
and sinkholes
BH #8
BH #5
BH #6
LYDFORD PLANT #1
BH #7
BH #12
BH #4
BH #11
BH #3
BH #2
BH #1
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X-sec BH 1,11,12, Lydford Plant
BH #1
BH #11
BH #12
Lydford P lant
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X-Sex BH 2,4,8
BH #2
BH #4
BH –Bore Hole
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BH #8
X Sec BH 1,4,5,10
BH #4
BH #1
BH #5
BH #10
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Sinkhole map
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Catchment Area
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Rainfall
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Antecedent effects
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Present Flooding
Moneague Lake
•Area covered 1,680,859 sq. m
(415 acres)
•12 house inundated
•Max depth – 11 meters (36 ft)
•Riverhead road depth – 7 m
•Rate of rise .04 ft /day
Tadmore (Clapham) Lake
•Area covered 491468 sq. m
(121 acres)
•1 houses inundated
•Goshen road threatened
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Recommendations
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Investigate the feasibility of dyking or raising the level of the threatened
Riverhead to Goshen Road and implement the appropriate action.
Regular monitoring of the water quality and dissemination information to the
community.
Assess the suitability of the lake for recreational enterprises and provide
support for safe implementation.
Demarcate based on 1933 flood levels, the zones for appropriate landuse.
(Restrict the flood zones to agriculture)
Relocate houses in the flood zones
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