Heavy seas at Melville Hall on Tuesday morning

Disaster Risk Management Consultant Cecil Shillingford is warning residents against staying close to waterways during adverse weather associated with the passage of Hurricane Irma.

“We call the attention of residents living close to rivers and waterways that they should be on special alert just in case we see lots of rain and we can always advise them at some point to move away from the area into safer areas,” he stated.

According to Shillingford, there are many rivers going through communities, “so that is a concern.”

“The Roseau River goes through Roseau and Bath Estate and Elmshall and all these areas, Coulibistrie, Colihaut and we have several other communities, Canefield, Massacre, Mahaut…,” he stated.

Shillingford said further that is also situations of elevated river beds and elevated ravines, which could pose problems.

Dominica is presently under a Tropical Storm Warning meaning tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 24 hours.

Irma is presently a Category 5 hurricane, packing winds of 175 mph.