Infrastructure damage of Layou disater stands at $18-million

Damage after the flood subsided

Damage to infrastructure at Layou will cost the Roosevelt Skerrit government approximately $18-million.

That is the word coming from Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore following the collapse of the Matthieu Dam which rushed flood waters down the Layou Valley, partially washing away the Clark Hall Estate Bridge and affecting several businesses and home owners in the process.

Blackmoore says government will be seeking assistance to have the damaged infrastructure repaired.

“The immediate damage including clean up stands in the region of $2.2-million dollars and the damage to the bridge will cost some $8-million. It totality, our rapid assessment, which will include the road, is in the region of $18-million dollars to date,” he said.

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73 Comments

  1. shame how
    July 27, 2016

    damage bill is what ever and no damaged buildings to show just a few coconut trees with a lot of nuts

  2. rain
    August 1, 2011

    Minister Blackmoore, will public works corp, get a chance at about two hundred thousand dollar from that 18 million,so they pay there workers.Will local workers get just enough to payed there taxes, what they have not payed to the IRS, hope i am not asking for to much.

  3. MR X
    August 1, 2011

    I think the Prime Minister should go to Vagas and gamble the money then get the UN involve, They(the UN) will then throw a few bombs maybe on Roseau or to make it easier, bomb all the River Sources, the Airports. The UN can sorts thing our. Their CV. Iraq, Afghanistan, the cause of most African farmine. after them DA will be the best little island in the world.

  4. Tony
    July 31, 2011

    Don’t the Dominica Government have Civil Engineers on Staff who understands. That if a dam is filled you must have a means for the overflow water to run off. My son is a Civil Engineer and he works for the US Federal Government Core of Engineers. I am sure he can consult with the Dominica Government. We must stop allowering politics to divide us and we must come together to help Dominica because the country can use our help and knowledge.

  5. July 30, 2011

    This is where he need to spend the money not on building a PALACE

    • D/ca
      July 31, 2011

      the money wasnt for the state house alone it was for the college and other works

  6. Ann- mary
    July 30, 2011

    I am so sorry to hear of this happenings. As dominicans we need to come together and help our Prime Minister to build our nation back. Thats a lot of money to spend in these hard and trying economic times. As a native dominican i can only pray for my government and all the people that were affected. 1 luv to my Prime Minister Roosie and my fellow Dominicans

    • July 30, 2011

      SORRY M’AM. WE CANNOT UNITE UNDER CORRUPTION AND CHINESE INSULTS.

      • Mr. N.O.Y.B
        August 1, 2011

        This is just the kinda ignorance that we have here in Dominica. Some of us are so quick to point our fingers to the Chinese and to the PM, and without realizing that everything start with our own people. Honestly, sit and think for one second and ask our self what exactly the Chinese done to us. All the Chinese that does business in Dominica are solo-proprietor and they created jobs and opportunities.
        China has donated lots of money to Dominica but China or it’s people has no control how that money is spent in Dominica. Dominica in a whole has a lot of wealthy People but yet they are not doing anything to help develop the country but when foreign investor come we have a problem.
        I know that some Chinese really done some crazy stuff, but we can’t look at things one sided. Something they do things because they are been provoked but some things they reacted on their own.
        Lots of people like to make this comment to the Chinese “I am Dominican i born here”. that’s true but the question is have you ever contributed anything to Dominica to the Country that you are so proud to claim? It don’t have to be financially but just to pick up some thing on the ground and through it in the bin. “It called stop littering”
        The Chinese come to Dominica and does business successfully. So what that tell us Dominican? It means that their is lots of opportunity in our own land and we need to act upon it too. And STOP HATING ON OTHERS. DO UR OWN BUSINESS AND STOP MINDING OTHER PEOPLE BUSINESS.

    • for sure
      July 31, 2011

      use the money for the state house

  7. justline scotland
    July 30, 2011

    please dominicans stop that,it is time for us to unite and stop makeing politicians seperate us.we dominicans we are strong,loveing people we have been through alot and by the grace of god made it.so please its time for us to come together and pray for dominica and whatever money the goverment need ,that god will grant them his favour to get it.talking wont do nothing but prayer will.love you all god bless.justline from france

  8. goshhh
    July 29, 2011

    i really cant understand some of us Dominicans sometimes eh..
    plle enough of the negative…..we got to pray and come together as one…. where ever he gets help from matters not…all that matters is somthing has to be done in terms of repair….
    God bless Dominica

  9. only
    July 29, 2011

    Time to deduct from the palace fund and focus elsewhere on natural disasters.

  10. I am no dummyinacan
    July 29, 2011

    Papa met is it me, or did the man say 2.2 mil for clean up, 8 mil for bridge, and our rapid assessment which will include the roads. I guess that’s where the other 10 mil will go. Read carefully and understand people.

  11. lover girl
    July 29, 2011

    we must come together.
    as you can see now a days people dying fast so that is why i do not know why the have a thing call(enemie)
    i do not know where they get that name

  12. hard core dominican
    July 29, 2011

    who gourvening dominica labour party our rosevelt skerrit gouvernent or labour party
    gounenment

    • DA 2 DE BONE
      July 29, 2011

      learn to spell and somebody will tell you..allu too damn political.

    • July 30, 2011

      Oh MI LAAARD O!
      YOU NEED TO BE A HARD CORE SPELLER INSTEAD

  13. marcella
    July 29, 2011

    Well the people of dominica need to come together.

  14. Truth,Love,Peace
    July 29, 2011

    If it is feasible to repair or re-construct, so be it, whatever the cost.
    The Dam serves a good purpose. Consider that life is short and we cannot take anything with us. The money will come from somewhere. I would not worry about it.
    What is also important is, the people of Layou who are affected lost their belongings and are also being inconvenienced.
    The bridge washed away and this too will inconvenience many other people who traveled on that route.
    Pray that whatever is damaged will, in time, be replaced or a new one will be built and that the Layou people will one day return to a normal life. I expect that they will be compensated for the damage to their property and loss of same.

    May God be with all of them and grant them patience and perseverance until better can be done.
    God bless them! God bless Dominica.

  15. The truth
    July 29, 2011

    If there is another dam then the authorities should just evacuate layou and burst the other dam before building anything. I hope something like that happens. it makes no sense to do it any other way. Use dynamite!

  16. The truth
    July 29, 2011

    Dno no offence. But the estimate is not costing the roosvelt Skerrit government, it’s costing all Dominicans. This affects everyone. If taxes go up, if Dominica borrows, if we steal. No offence but please let’s keep the politics out because I think it is time that Dominicans start changing that political mentality, and we as a nation stand up and all build our country together. Regardless of who is in government. Thank you and again, no offence

    • DA 2 DE BONE
      July 29, 2011

      most likely is Roosevelt skerrit Government that’s going OUT of Dominica to source funding so you can’t say that.Be it grant or loan money it’s still they who have to put in actions in place.

      • The truth
        July 30, 2011

        And that’s why the country will never move forward. It’s nit government holding the country back. It’s the mentality of citizens like you all and the lack of implementing some form if creativity and hard work to add some value to your country

    • Truth,Love,Peace
      July 29, 2011

      @ The Truth?

      Will they change? It is stated, how quickly do people forget. People are who and what they are. They do not change overnight nor do they change like. I have known someone who will say, “I am sorry” but who will do the same thing. Human weakness and a weak spirit are the cause of this. It takes genuine worship and prayer for them to change. Furthermore, they must pray to God for graces and ask him to help them to overcome those ways. Unless they do this and make a concerted effort to change, they will remain the same and may also get worst even unto death. Then you will hear others say that they went to Heaven. If we cannot change in the world, an opportunity which God gives us, where will we change?
      God takes note of our words and deeds – overall attitude. Certainly not at the end of our lives which could be too late. God takes note of our words and deeds – overall attitude. He expects us to stand up and speak up for what is fair and just to do. Food for thought. Note some comments on this Websites.
      It is said, “If at first you do not succeed, try again. It is called perseverance. Never give up.

  17. joe
    July 29, 2011

    1+1=2
    8+2.2=10.2 SOT

    • Anonymous
      July 29, 2011

      boulder in ur eye wi friend. clean it first next time. private homes, farms, livestock,businesses… they are of monetary value too

    • July 29, 2011

      Don`t be to busy to give others your tittle.the minister added the immediate damage wcich is $2.2millino and the bridge which is $8 million,then he said their rapid assessment which will include roads is in the region of $18 million dollars.so ke`mon ke sot la?

  18. papa met
    July 29, 2011

    those disaster ppl confusing. one time they saying the lake was empty this morning later during the day they saying there is water there. 8-O . but one thing that eye sour asphalt plant should have wash down too.so dominican tax payers money will stop go to waste wen u have police guarding that on private property not government owned. or maybe they have shares 8-O

    • papa met
      July 29, 2011

      sore*

  19. COCOSEC
    July 29, 2011

    Now we have perfect use for the $27 million.

  20. VALDA BRUNO DURAND
    July 29, 2011

    I am confused, by this estimate, first of all i know we live in an EC dollar country but i think for international and all other readers, it is important to specify what currency we are speaking of. The 8 Million for the bridge is for a new bridge or repairs? am asking because an estimate was given for the elmshall bath estate bridge that is much shorter in distance and the amount sounds similar. (correct me if am wrong) I hope it all works out for the best.

    • Anonymous
      July 29, 2011

      i agree with you big time,i just don’t understand wats going on with them people

    • Wenner
      July 29, 2011

      You are confused and you are coming to DNO to asked rabbid uwp fanatics these kind of questions. I thnink you are mad and you should maybe call Blessings to give you that Estimate. He is from St Joe.

      Also there is an investigative Journalist that knoews everyting…From Archeology to Zoology…He has the initial numbers

      You can find him at 1 800- For-Queu

      • Wenner
        July 29, 2011

        never mind the spelling…there is no spell check

    • Truth,Love,Peace
      July 30, 2011

      @ Valda Bruno Durand

      Common sense is required here. There is no need to question the currencey. Since you reside in Dominica, you and others who enquire should conclude that it is E.C. currency. Do you expect the amount to be quoted in U.S., Canadian, European or Chinese Curreny?

  21. July 29, 2011

    we had some people from japan her not to long looking at alarm system for the river.now we can put one for the lake to alarm at a cert en height an at a burst out.a oneing system can be place at the village and over the internet to a monitoring agent.

    • lulz
      July 29, 2011

      yeah those japs but the way i see it was too little too late

  22. CIA on the watch
    July 29, 2011

    VAT MONEY COLLECTED CAN TAKE CARE OF THAT AT EASE

  23. Empress D-vine
    July 29, 2011

    daddy chavez will set us up!!!right skerro??

  24. said
    July 29, 2011

    very sad!4 months ago it happen in St Vincent, its cost the gorvernment 90 million dollars,to build bridges and roads

  25. Myrtle
    July 29, 2011

    Dont u all panic the Government will do whatever is there to be done,& God thanks no one is hurt & missing.

  26. me
    July 29, 2011

    What lessons can we learn here? The engineering department must have ways of making assestments from an arial shot, and at this point these are numbers within range. Why is that so difficult to comprehend bits me in my ignorance. Be calm people we need to fix our infrastructure.

  27. Wenner
    July 29, 2011

    China to the rescue

  28. July 29, 2011

    THE $27 PLUS MILLION STATE PALACE WASTE CAN EASILY COVER THAT.

    IF THE CHINESE CAN CAUSE US TO WASTE 27 MILLION ON DECORATION, SURELY THEY CAN COUGH UP 18 MILLION FOR DISASTER RECOVERY.

    • Truth,Love,Peace
      July 29, 2011

      Many of you criticize the money which will be spent on the State House/Palace. Consider this:
      The National Commission of Canada is proposing a $10 million renovation to the Canadian Prime Minister’s residence. I heard that he opposes it. However, I did hear, all through the Media of course that he will have to move out.
      The suggestion is that they want the renovating to be done in certain areas first so that the PM, his wife and family could remain in the residence. They were told “it is all or not”. I suppose that the PM is not pleased with this arrangement.
      My view is, of course, it would be better for them to temporary leave the residence and for safety reasons during renovations.
      $10 million Canadian dollars, double this with Dominica’s dollars = approximately $20M or more, give and take a few more dollars.
      Government residence must be either renovated or demolished and a new one built sooner or later. Those houses are old and so is the wiring and electric system. It needs to be brought up to par to suit the 21st century and also to conserve energy.
      I do hope all of you will take this into consideration when you criticize your Dominican PM. Be understanding and compassionate. This building is for the good of Dominica and future PM’s and all others who will occupy it for whatever reason.
      You really need to think and twice before you comment. It pays to be broad-minded.

      • July 29, 2011

        WHAT CRRRRAAAAAAAP YOU TALKING THERE SIR.
        CANADA IS A DEVELOPED COUNTRY, NOT A DEVELOPING COUNTRY
        WE HAVE HEARD OF CANADAIAN AID
        HAVE WE HEARD OF DOMINICA AID?

        HOW MANY DOMINICANS GO TO CANADDA TO FIND JOBS?
        HOW MANY CANADIANS COME TO DOMINICA TO FIND JOBS

        OU KWEH NOU SORT?

      • REASONING
        August 1, 2011

        Truth,Love,Peace y don’t u comment on the Chinese receiving the contract after the money was loaned from them without any bidding?

    • Domnitjen
      July 29, 2011

      I was of the same opinion. Infrastructure like bridges and roads that contribute to the economy in areas like agriculture, trade and commerce and tourism are more important to the country than a state house. History has shown that the state house is only seldom used. If government has its priorities in order, they would request that 27 Million dollars for the disaster response instead of a state palace.

  29. justice to be served
    July 29, 2011

    Have they had engineers asses the damage. How did they arrive at that figure.?

    • Wenner
      July 29, 2011

      Look assness…only Dominicans

      I think the damage is $1.00

      • Truth,Love,Peace
        July 29, 2011

        @ Wenner

        RESPECT! RESPECT! RESPECT!

      • July 30, 2011

        YES RESPECT THE FORUM PLEASE

    • my name
      July 29, 2011

      Thumbs up….how did they arrive at this figure? And a big slap for everyone who gave thumbs down. I was asking the same question…These guys just make up figures in their heads.

      • Wenner
        July 29, 2011

        Just like Day after the Haitian Earthquake they gave $Billion figures (THE UN)…do you ever think how they came out with these numbers…same as after 9/11

        I think they just pull these figures from the sky.

        I think there is a banker in the sky and he agrees on a figure and says use that number

  30. ROBERT TONGE
    July 29, 2011

    PLEASE NOTE THE DAM THAT BURST WAS THE SMALLER ONE,THE LARGE ONE IS STILL FILLED WITH WATER AKA A LAKE.

    PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL IN THAT AREA, IT IS ESTIMATED THE CURRENT ONE HOLDS OVER 20 TIMES THE WATER IN THE DAM THAT BURST.

    • ROBERT TONGE
      July 29, 2011

      PLEASE IGNORE MY COMMENT I WAS MIS INFORMED

      • Anonymous
        July 29, 2011

        so give the correct info please!

    • hmmm
      July 29, 2011

      Is that true? If so people should be told to refrain and or curtail use of and activities in the valley.

    • .....
      July 29, 2011

      and they calling it miracle lake wee,and bringing tourist and see it and even kayaking on that we.those tourist have no idea the danger that’s there

  31. RAS
    July 29, 2011

    STOP BUILDING THE STATE HOUSE

  32. LOL
    July 29, 2011

    Boy..the other day i congratulated Blackmoore on getting a speech writer..what happen u fire the person already??? Advise: Don’t give unprepared statements.. The immediate damage including clean up stands in the region of $2.2-million dollars and the damage to the bridge will cost some $8-million. It totality, our rapid assessment, which will include the road, is in the region of $18-million dollars to date,” This have me all over the place cause i thought doing a fast maths that it would have just been $10.2 million but..whatever.
    AND this is going to cost THE PEOPLE OF DOMINICA…..NOT…. the Roosevelt Skerrit Government!!!!

    • Nudibranch
      July 29, 2011

      well, $18M because some of it might be sticky as it goes from hand to hand?? and perhaps the repair on the bridge could be widened to two lanes, the days of donkey cart are long over despite many vehicle drivers missing this information.

      • Aish
        July 29, 2011

        Hahahaha
        “Some of it might be sticky as it goes from hand to hand”
        That shit is funny!

      • FED UP DOMINICAN
        July 29, 2011

        You beat me to it, as I was thinking along the same lines. Sticky is a understatement, no might about it.

        As for the days of donkey and cart being over, maybe whats why some people still walk in the middle of the road with no care.

    • getto boy
      July 29, 2011

      thats the same thing i was thinking when i made my cal something is wang like my fellow chinese would say not wrong nah wang come aqgain blackmore re-estimate prob next time u will get a little bit closer to 8.2m and not 18m

    • Informant
      July 30, 2011

      Even if the Minister did not state everything, the !0.2 million you calculated would have been for the two projects he identified. There is a lot of damage to the roadway, lots of damage as well to livestock, farms, pipes and other things which will take time to estimate. In every disaster there are persons within the disaster preparedness or response office who are trained to give initial assessments and estimates. Trust me it will eventually work out to be more than 18 million dollars. Money these days is not worth much.

      It would not be wise to rebuild a one-lane bridge.

  33. MangoSweet
    July 29, 2011

    DNO, the bridge that was damaged by the floods was the York Valley Bridge. The Clarke Hall Bridge is further west of York Valley

  34. Anonymous
    July 29, 2011

    how the hell a bridge can cost 8 million dollars!!!!

    • On the side
      July 29, 2011

      Maybe the bridge will have a “next level”….lol

    • Wenner
      July 29, 2011

      Okay, what about $1.00 just to satify your assness

      • Bernice
        July 29, 2011

        Wenner or who ever you are, relax nah…..

      • la beauty
        July 29, 2011

        werner just all over dno like is his daddy book dat der stupes

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