Vehicular access was restored to the south east last last year

Vehicular access was restored to the south-east late last year

Following the ravages of Tropical Storm Erika, life has returned to normal in the south-eastern part of the island, MP for the La Plaine constituency Petter Saint Jean has said.

The communities of Delices and Boetica were completely cut off from the rest of Dominica when the Boetica Gorge Bridge was completely destroyed by the storm on August 27 and residents were forced to use a zip line to get goods across.

This is now a thing of the past, according to Saint Jean.

“For us in the south-east, life has returned to normal and we will do everything to ensure that those communities can get back to exactly where they were,” he said on Wednesday. “The residents of Delices and Boetica are singing their praises, the bridge crossing having been completed, access having been created to the two land lock communities on the 24th of December 2015.”

Saint Jean is MP for the area

Saint Jean is MP for the area

He stated the day was a great one for the people and he thanked them for their patience throughout the 17 weeks the two communities were cut off.

Saint Jean, however, said that there are still a few challenges on the roadway into Delices.

“I speak here specifically of the Victoria area where another section of the road actually caved in but from the information that I have the Ministry of Public Works is currently in the stage of preparing cost estimates for another bridge crossing in the Victoria area,” he explained.

He stated also that a contractor has been engaged on the east coast road where works are currently ongoing.

“That road was seriously compromised during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika,” Saint Jean noted.

He said cabinet is well aware of the state of the road and has taken steps to address the current road problems affecting residents of the south-east.