Heavy rain causes flooding in Portsmouth

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A motorist trying to navigate a watery road in Picard

Severe flooding in the Picard area of Portsmouth caused by heavy rain earlier today in that part of country, has subsided, according to a Portsmouth resident.

Domininica News Online was informed that the area close to Whitchurch IGA was flooded by water which overran the banks of a nearby river.

A source told DNO earlier, that the water had risen to the extent that it was entering homes and businesses in the area and some people had to seek emergency shelter.

No injury or loss of life were reported but one eyewitness told DNO during the flooding that “it,s rough there and people need to be careful or lives can be lost.”

Latest reports are that’s it’s still raining in the area but the river is no longer overflowing its banks and the flooding has subsided.

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Another section of the flooded area in Picard

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43 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    March 16, 2016

    The second picture is from Erika. Picard is not currently flooded.

  2. enough is enough
    December 9, 2013

    Are we hearing ourselves “DOMINICAN’S?. I known sometimes we got to make jokes and don’t take life too serious. But we have to stop being negative in everything, so the whole world cannot say, ARE THESE PEOPLE ILLETERATE?, FOR THE FOOLISHNESS THE PUTTING ON THE WWW?

    Come on my people think before we hide behind our computers writing foolishness. Everyone of us are not perfect. Let’s lift each other up, lift each village up, and overall, lift our country up. We Dominicans have a lot to give. We have lawyers, Doctors, teachers, farmers, nurses, mothers, fathers, and so, so many important people in our country.

    When Natural Disasters happen, hope for the best, and if some of us are not fortunate when disaster strikes, we must help one another. With all these fussing and fighting for everything, let’s look up above, and ask the Lord to guide us in the right direction for the good of all. We are too divided in everything. We never know when the other Natural Disaster going to hit and which one of us are going to be caught in it. No matter where in the world we go, Disasters are going to strike. Lord, let us Love and prepare always for when you call us home by death, which is a must!

  3. Neg
    December 9, 2013

    Something needs to be done about that very soon, pull out some spontaneous money big man as you are used to doing, it’s more needed here than some of the places you’ve done it.

  4. December 9, 2013

    But weh allu coming out with that politics? seems as doe is skerrit dha send dii rain! #StppHating .. u pple to bias n have a nusense life! d

    • Justice and Truth
      December 9, 2013

      They think he is also a rainmaker. :lol: Poor the PM, always hitting on him for everything. I hope his skin is thick. :lol:
      They have it all wrong, always attacking the PM. When will they cease? Do they not know or they ignore that he has members of his cabinet who are the ones all these criticisms and suggestions should be directed at?

  5. trolol
    December 9, 2013

    All you like to disrespect roseau and say possie better, but we not under water like spongebob doh! Walking in my yard and shoes still dry, our drainage flawless, same thing when a hurricane pass, it hardly affecting us 8)

    • Toomatoe Tomato
      December 9, 2013

      Wait a while wasn’t there flash floods a few two or three years ago when Roseau, Canefield, Mahaut and other areas was flooded in a flash if my memory is not failing me.

      God is in control not man, sometimes we seem to forget that disasters can occur anywhere. any place and any time and to anyone.

      That is why it is in very poor taste to believe what happen there will not happen over there, we just never know, do we?

      • trolol
        December 9, 2013

        No wonder pizza hut close down in possie, the pizza would have gotten soggy. smh :lol:

      • trolol
        December 9, 2013

        Are you mad? I can’t remember what storm you was talking about? People was inside jacksons taking kixx and allu up north was swimming in allu homes.
        #SouthsideFTW

      • Possie Proper
        December 9, 2013

        Yah same thing that happen trolol just hating displaying alot of animosity such a shame 8)

    • Possie Proper
      December 9, 2013

      Y U Hating on the town Possie is the best place in DA my boy that you vex about!!!!!!!!!! Back Way with that negative vibes sine, i suspect a possie man take your thing LOL LOL Dno is the best boy oh and you mean is KFC that close down

  6. trolol
    December 9, 2013

    All you like to disrespect roseau and say possie better, but we not under water like spongebob doh! Walking in my yard and shoes still dry, our drainage flawless, same thing when a hurricane pass, it hardly affecting us

    • Roseau Resident
      December 10, 2013

      You must be very young for Roseau has experienced many floods over the years with houses and bridges washing down as well.

      In 2008 summer there was massive flooding in Roseau all by Lime, Whitchurch, Issa Trading , Digicel, Courts , the River Bank damaging the nice parking lot of Miniyas in Pottersville , Elmshall, Bath Estate and by the UWI open campus.

      Nowhere is safe in Dominica from Natural disasters so please do not rejoice on another community’s misfortune. Forgiveness has already been given to you.

  7. Zicack Girl
    December 9, 2013

    Wow, that’s a lot of water. Glad to know that no one lost their life.

  8. caution
    December 9, 2013

    Remember Dominica is not called Nature Island for nothing. We are capable of getting all the Natural Disasters because of where the Island is located. Who knows, we might get snow one day. With climate changes and those of us who believe in the Holy Bible knows these are the signs of the end times.

    As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be when the Almighty is going to come. So many signs and wonders. This world does not belong to us, so we got to Love one another, live for God and don’t expect any Government to change too many things. As we all know, people make Government, and Government are sinner. They will help a little bit, but our only hope, should be in the Creator of Heaven and Earth. I love my Dominica, I love my people. We must take pre cautions, and don’t take the Nature Island for granted.

    Dominica Island by nature, could be a LAMB, but it could also turn into a LION. Respect Nature my people and use WISDOM always. “GOD BLESS ALL”.

  9. Devoted Dominican
    December 8, 2013

    Almighty father,son and holy spirit,please keep blessing and protect all of those that are in the area of this sign of destruction.Also those who are away from it needs your blessing and protection throughout this moment.God please continue to bless and protect Dominica always.

  10. sdcg
    December 8, 2013

    poor planning and incompetence of our building department,have caused this disaster to occur in this area of picard.The area around picard is nothing more than a Brazillian Favallas.In my opinion this place is nothing more than an archetectrual sespool.insurance companies should stop insureing those homes. Most of these homes should obtain a certificate of occupancy.

    • Me Dat
      December 9, 2013

      And you should go and learn to spell. Sack way Sot!!!!

    • Anonymous
      December 9, 2013

      You are definitely right about this one. Was Isaac Baptiste Chief Planner at that time?

  11. Anonymous
    December 8, 2013

    It needs proper drainage.

  12. lol
    December 8, 2013

    :(

  13. lol
    December 8, 2013

    all that rain in portsmouth and no rain in town

  14. Truthofthematter
    December 8, 2013

    Even though this is happening, who agrees that Dominica, my island, still looks beautiful in the rain.

  15. "O" STRESS"
    December 8, 2013

    Hope every one will be ok. Signs of the last days are evidence and some refuse to take notice.

  16. Satelite
    December 8, 2013

    wow

  17. me
    December 8, 2013

    i wonder who going to be the first to say is skirit that cause the place to flood

    • Anonymous
      December 8, 2013

      u just did! lol!

    • rescue 911
      December 8, 2013

      u just won the price

    • A Perfect idiot
      December 8, 2013

      @me, You are the winner! I am happy is not a UWP that won but one that knows the truth but keeps tryig to mislead blind supporters.

  18. drainage
    December 8, 2013

    This Labour Government Should have addressed the drainage Problem at Portsmouth. We should drsin them out.

  19. Climate change
    December 8, 2013

    This is a clear sign of Climate Change…..Pepole must start respecting our rivers and ravines. Some developers want to build right in the river …..

  20. A Higher Calling
    December 8, 2013

    Glad there was no loss of life or severe injuries.

  21. anonymous
    December 8, 2013

    stay safe. it s been raining for days in the north/ north east.

  22. thiny
    December 8, 2013

    Now medical students need to put their clothes in their bag and dress in their swim suits to get to and from school

  23. thiny
    December 8, 2013

    nature island right??…how about some trails in the woods along the rivers…….intead of private residential homes…..locals and others could take a nice hike along the river

  24. December 8, 2013

    some thing is out god help us in this country we have bright sunshine in the south and the nouth is flooding

  25. thiny
    December 8, 2013

    t shows that land up to that point should not have residentiak homes built on it

  26. Anonymous Person
    December 8, 2013

    Hey. I have family that lives in this area. I hope that they or others are not affected by this flood.

    • Mary Black
      December 9, 2013

      If you were a true people person you would pick up the cell or phone and ring them to find out.

  27. thiny
    December 8, 2013

    Plus trees should be alond the riveside preventing evaporation……

  28. thiny
    December 8, 2013

    Again…..don’t build homes close to the river and the sea…….the river should not be anyone’s back yard….the public should be able to walk along the river till to the river mouth and source

    • Justice and Truth
      December 9, 2013

      thiny, you are correct. It was not an intelligent idea to build near the river and sea and by no means in these times of recurring disasters. It is a dangerous area when the river overflows its banks which it will when there is heavy rainfall. You know, why people are sleeping the river could overflow and take everything and everyone in its path and near.

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