Special disaster areas still under threat officials say

Petite Savanne is among communities named special disaster areas
Petite Savanne is among communities named special disaster areas. Photo credit: Jodie Dublin Dangleben

Officials of the Office of Disaster Management continue to appeal to the public especially those in the special disaster areas to remain vigilant.

Program Officer, Steve Joseph explained to GIS News on Tuesday that with the high saturation levels of the soil following Tropical Storm Erika and subsequent tropical waves, nationals should remain on watch.

“We continue to inform the public of the risks which exist especially in communities already compromised. There are nine special disaster areas and other critical areas which have already been impacted,” he said. “We are hoping that people remain tuned to the radio and any source of [reliable] information so that threatening events do not catch them in dangerous areas.”

He named Coulibistrie which is still heavily silted and could, according to him, “easily be flooded again.”

Joseph advised to heed advisories and move early to safer homes.

Several communities were declared special disaster areas after the passing of Tropical Storm Erika. They are: Paradise Valley in Bath Estate, Petite Soufriere, Good Hope, Dubique, Petite Savanne, Pichelin, Coulibistrie, Campbell and San Sauveur.

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  1. Sum
    September 18, 2015

    Im not from petite savvane so Im hoping that someone familiar with the area could help me with ths question. The area on the right (of what appears to be a school ) that had the landslide, was it heavily vegetated like the area on the far right?

  2. joe
    September 17, 2015

    please countinue the campbell silvinia road

  3. joe
    September 17, 2015

    campbell should be the first to be evacuated without any assistant let them buy there own land build there own houses the people call the radio every single hour and 75 percent of what was being said was a lie our road was block like every where esle river took a house it was less than 5 feet from the river for those of u who knew the disco can u pee in the river no y it wud look like u were peeing in their yard. river number 2 took a house like 3 years ago same thing this time around it block the road y they never took time off to clean the previous debris i was listening to dbs a few days after erikca someone called it is raining the river burst again landslide we in trouble mrs.green brown i think ask what u said its raining in campbell the guy reply yes yes and this was a great lie it was a bright day and a wonderful evening the night in question a branch that broke from a tree and they bragging if u doh lie we will not get anything the only problem with campbell is proper road

    September 17, 2015

    Just unbelievable, no words

  5. Affa
    September 17, 2015

    Their relocation should ONLY be temporary. Things happen that we just can’t avoid, we should not be going to displace everyone affected by weather phenomenon. Can you imagine displacing all of our west coast because of a freak tsunami, like hurricane Lenny caused in 1999?? I think we have to think long and hard, this happens in lots of countries without having to displace whole populations. Food for thought, as this will not occur annually! Weather phenomena happen.

  6. September 17, 2015

    We can only pray faithfully, and with trust in God, that Tropical Storm Erika was enough for us–dear God we cannot afford any more damage than we already have right now.

    It is true that Your hand was in that strike from Erika, and You alone know why.

    I pray O God, that the majority of us, have put on our hearing ear and our mind of attention to You; Your mercy and compassion of Love, is what we are asking from You now, not another of that kind of strike from another Tropical Storm –hear us O Lord, in Jesus name.

  7. September 17, 2015

    Every one in the vicinity of this building as per picture should be evacuated for there own security as well as those living close to land slides ,ravines ,rivers and streams..

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