The Government of Dominica will receive a loan assistance of $750,000 US dollars from the Caribbean Development Bank for the clearing and cleaning of areas affected by flooding in April this year.
The flooding was caused by torrential rainfall associated with the passage of a trough system.
The immediate response loan approved by CDB’s Board of Directors, at their meeting on July 18, will also allow for the emergency restoration of services following damage caused by the rains and the flood.
Between April 17 and April 25, 2013, a trough system dumped approximately 31.7 inches of rain on Dominica with the east and south-eastern districts being the most adversely affected.
The torrential rain caused landslides and rock-falls and also flash flooding which caused significant infrastructural damage. A 25 metre span of the main road in an area known as William Estate, was washed away, resulting in the death of two of Dominica’s national footballers who were travelling in the same vehicle along that road.
The loan will not only pay for the clearing of debris from roads and drains but also for work to stabilize embankments, improve management of drainage discharge and build resilience within critical sections of Dominica’s road network.