Public officials are said to be clearing up roads after massive landslides in various communities on the island.
Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore said several of the major machinery which would have been normally used to clear up landslides are being used on other projects.
“We are trying our best in the circumstances. A number of the equipment which would have normally been used are engaged in the West Coast Road Project and the Venezuelan ship wreck project in Portsmouth but nevertheless we have been able to respond in quick time,” he said.
He said in the Soufriere area where a major boulder and fallen rocks prevented the flow of traffic have been cleared.
“Also in the Dubique, Fad and Fond St Jean community traffic flow has been restored. Equipment have been mobilized in the more difficult communities like Castle Brice and Carib Territory. These communities are very important because they are the main traffic route to the Melville Hall Airport,” he explained.
Meantime Blackmoore noted that there were two major slides in the Penville area and the blockages are being dealt with.
“It was not possible to have vehicular traffic flow but we have excavators trying to rectify the problem. We have the prime minister on site ensuring that the road is cleared,” he added.
Morne Jaune to Laplain, Reviere Cyrique and Grand Fond which were blocked are also being cleared, Blackmoore reported.
Blackmoore has asked Dominicans to contact the following to report on landslides: Chief Technical Officer Kendel Johnson, 275 1442, Maintenance engineer Dwight Lewis, 285 9224 and Rayburn Blackmoore, 275 3024.