Heavy rains, winds cause damage around Dominica

Remnants of flooding in Massacre

There are reports of damage around Dominica as heavy rains and winds associated with the remnants of Tropical Depression Seven lashed the island on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The Canefield Airport was flooded and a section of the road to Layou Park has been cut off.

There are also unconfirmed reports of crop damages on the eastern part of the island.

Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore and his technical team have been on the road on Sunday assessing the damages.

He said it is too early to offer an estimate on damages but speculates it could run ‘in the millions.’

DOMLEC and DOWASCO have also suffered damages with parts of the island without water and electricity.

DNO will continue to follow developments on this story and will publish further information as it becomes available.

Water over a bridge in Bath Estate on Sunday morning
Road to Layou Park cut off
Flooding in Canefield
Damage at Canefield Airport

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  1. August 29, 2012

    but that never use to happen before i remember before time when rain falls the most that would happen is the river would rise but now all that flooding that’s to much soil erosion….the government need to take a serious look at that…..

  2. lover
    August 16, 2012

    that’s a mess so sorry :oops: :( :cry: :-|

  3. hm!
    August 15, 2012

    Rain has not even started to fall and we getting that kinda damage. Oh my! I thought at least something would be done around Canefield, Checkhall and Massacre area eh… What’s gonna happen if we get hit by another storm like Ophelia? hm! Lord Help Us!

  4. ohoh
    August 13, 2012

    somebodyyyyy, can you tell me who is the owner of the house that is shown towards the left of the screen? The one with the white gate. It looks like my aunty’s house but she is out of the country so I want to double check before I call her. Plzz somebody let me know…Alas

  5. Justice and Truth
    August 13, 2012

    Sorry to see so much flooding in DA. Last year was no exception and so far worst.
    What is surprising in bygone years Dominica did not have all this flooding. There were hurricanes, eye and tail of hurricanes but no such flooding. What is the problem in this day?
    The thought has occurred to me that some of those areas were farm land with fruits, etc. and not resident and other business lands. Therefore, we were not aware of the extent of flooding then.
    August is usually the hottest month of the year with storms.
    The hot weather affects every country. For a few days in Toronto there were few sunny days. From Friday evening in Toronto we had lightning and thunderstorm with rain. This continued on Saturday. We got a reprieve on Sunday to today, Monday.
    Let us pray and hope that Dominica will be spared for the remainder of the hurricane season. May God help!

  6. Observer
    August 13, 2012

    Tell Athie that government should not respond to such climate change related disasters by building the necessary mitigation measures with the funds from the donor agencies which he wants to start his bulk water project.

  7. speaking logic
    August 13, 2012

    I believe for the safety of citizens, when it is announced that bad weather is approaching or we have a watch or warning, public events should be cancelled, we also have to teach our young persons the seriousness of these storms. Clear up drains and culverts etc….we need to do much more….

  8. i miss my baby
    August 13, 2012

    we were informed, and besides we are in hurricane season, we hve to pay more attention to the news.I wish to express sincere apology to the residents on carib territory and canefield ,i believe that much effort should be placed on person around the canefield airport area , these ppl suffer to much whenever ther is heavy rains, since hurricane ophelia ppl around that area has been suffer ,hope that something could be done to stop this problem.

  9. JD
    August 13, 2012

    Poor weather reporting

  10. hmmmmmmm
    August 13, 2012

    i belive the problem is with the weather ppl they dont inform ppl properly.that storm didnt pass us at all1 is the same way they didnt inform us about maria last year and it caught us un prepared!!shame on the weather officals!!!!!

    • Thinker
      August 13, 2012

      Why are we so quick to pass blame?? The weather is one of the most UNPREDICTABLE things. They can only ‘predict or assume’ the possible paths of these disasters. Most of the times they are right, however, those hurricanes, storms (whatever you wish to call them) do change paths, strengths, and other conditions in a matter or minutes. No one should be blamed for the events happened. WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN WILL ALWAYS HAPPEN.

  11. hmmmmmmmmm
    August 13, 2012

    wonder wat are they gonna do about that road? will they condemn it an use canefield or warner road? think they show fix it

  12. Anonymous
    August 13, 2012


  13. Not a herd follower
    August 13, 2012

    Disasters are occurring frequently in Dominica. We need to have a fund separate from the Consiolidated Fund to provide quick funds for rehabilitation works after disasters. We can start by focusing on relatively small and localised disasters. Donors, including UN agencies, can be asked to contribute to that fund. The fund can also be used to undertake prevention or mitigation measures.

    • Another UWP Clown
      August 13, 2012

      Donors, including UN agencies, can be asked to contribute to that fund.

      Begging again…I thought we asked the PM not to beg but lets be Independent. Our Party has been calling for us to not ask people for stuff.

      So maybe a tax on liquor and beer to fund that???Just asking

  14. Bayside
    August 13, 2012

    Saturday night had some serious gwen lapli, lowaj and koul zaycleh

  15. G
    August 12, 2012

    The past few years Dominica have been plagued with landslides, flooding and erosion. Years ago it seem like flooding was never really an issue back there but now it suddenly is..hmmmm

    • Dell
      August 13, 2012

      And the point of this comment is ???????????
      Are you questioning the works of God?

    • Anonymous
      August 13, 2012


  16. Pedro
    August 12, 2012

    Thanks DNO for reporting on this. Its a blessing that DA did not get a storm or a hurricane. With 15 names storms in the forecast for this season we can only pray DA does not get a direct hit at all as our infrastructure is still weak. I hope this can be a calling card for what can be done to prepare, particularly against floods.

  17. willis dew
    August 12, 2012


    • Tortort
      August 13, 2012

      We get prepared on the media. Just talk and more talk with no substance!!!

    • Another UWP Clown
      August 13, 2012

      Willis, you are a great man…we need more people like you in the UWP

  18. true dominican
    August 12, 2012

    guess we are not as prepared as we thought for the hurricane season….just as they are building sea walls, i believe they need to start building river walls esp in layou…

  19. Free Thinker
    August 12, 2012

    Lord Have Mercy!!

  20. Helas!
    August 12, 2012

    The drainage under the airport strip was blocked since last week’s storm and the water was already flooding segments of the area and so with nowhere to go what should the flood waters do?
    Flood the airport runway mash-up the fence and debris back up was great.
    Also they should investige up ravine as to where all that silt is coming from!!

    A stitch in time saves nine!!!!!!

  21. 5th Ave
    August 12, 2012

    What i noticed and gather from this TW

    Should that on scale of 1-10…ten being the Highest Grade…

    Our whole Disaster Set up and awareness and protocol approaches is a classical Mockery and gains are 2 on my scale…

    If Dominica had gotten hit by a Cat 5 Hurricane it would have taken us back to 79…

    Our Policy makers and Officials don’t enforce standards, well i should never say so, as Dominica continues at all levels to show that low keyed medium..

    Again caught off guard, if there were 2 shelters opened there were many…haha

    Public events going on folks in panic water levels rising…we are just not a wise and heads up society and take everything single aspect of life is a JOKE!! what a shame!

    • Another UWP Clown
      August 13, 2012

      Seems like you take a joy in this…are you okay???

      • Anonymous
        August 13, 2012


    • Joe
      August 13, 2012

      Fiest of all the Policy =Makers are not the {Policy Enforcers, and secondly i would like to hear you explaine ‘Hurricane Katrina’ devastation in New Orleans, USA, were they caught off guard?

    • Anonymous
      August 13, 2012

      The tropical watch was discontinued at 11am. If persons felt they wanted to proceed with their public events, it’s a choice that they made.

      ANy right thinking person would know that even though the watch was discontinued, we would get heavy rains.

      THey chose to still go on and party, it is their choice.

      • Thinker
        August 13, 2012

        To further on your comment, they said WHY a tropical storm watch was discontinued. It was discontinued due to the fact that the system was reduced to a depression / wave. Why should they say tropical storm watch when there is no tropical storm in truth. However, as you stated we would get heavy rains and thunderstorm activities which the office DID state.

  22. Concerned
    August 12, 2012

    OMG Is Marigot hit hard?

  23. Senses
    August 12, 2012

    In this modern times why aren’t there better engineers to for see better building of roads in Dominica to withstand these yearly weather conditions.
    Let’s put people with vision in offices to build our infrastructure

  24. J.G
    August 12, 2012

    Thats alot of damage,that does not look good atol,atol,atol,dad damage.

  25. zero
    August 12, 2012

    Oh my

  26. me1
    August 12, 2012

    when did all that happen, did we get all that rain……hummmmm…….I am totally stunned.

  27. labourite at heart
    August 12, 2012

    why did they tell us the watch was discontinued? there was so much wind this was like a tropical storm! we need answers

    • Anonymous
      August 13, 2012

      The public needs to be educated about watches and warnings. A lot of people got complacent when they heard that the watch was discontinued and thought that we would not get any bad weather, so they were caught off guard when the wind and rain started. I don’t think it was stressed enough that we would have still gotten gusty winds and rains, while no longer under a watch.

  28. lover
    August 12, 2012

    that look’s horrable :cry: :( :-? i am so sorry

  29. Jahchild
    August 12, 2012

    Thank u Lord that no lives were lost.We know it could hav been worse but God is still in control
    no matter what.

  30. Pondera
    August 12, 2012

    What was expected to be a degenerated tropical depression(tropical wave) came across us as a well developed storm. We thank God for his protection over the land. As always, Dominica will bounce back.

  31. Big Rich
    August 12, 2012

    I can’t understand that year after year we are meet with the same damages during the hurricane seasons, mostly caused by flooding or heavy reasons yet there is no effort made to better prepare for such weather. I’m not saying that it can alllllllll be done at the same time but one at a time efforts can be made to better improve such areas example that bridge to Elmshall from Bath Estate that bridge had been flooding since I was a child I’m almost 40.

    • Big Rich
      August 12, 2012

      Sorry I didn’t spell check

  32. Waitikubulian Jewel
    August 12, 2012

    Wow! Hope there wasn’t too much damage. Thank God it wasn’t more severe!

  33. Dominicanpearl2
    August 12, 2012

    Thank God it was not worse and there was no loss of live. We still have a lot to be thankful for.. God id good.

  34. lifestyle
    August 12, 2012

    No body doing squat for elmshall ppl! Dis bridge been dis way since mayb 1950! N never changed! Ambrose n PM always come run dere show election after we don’t see dere smoke t’all! D back road like jigsaw puzzle n even when the bridge passable, the road messier! I mean seriously?! U hear of all roads but nothin for elmshall ppl! Sadly we can do nothin about it…we juss have to keep changing parts for our rides, complain to ppl that r incapable of helping and listen to crap from Ambrose who everyone knows cares only for himself!

  35. new york
    August 12, 2012

    mother nature don’t play

  36. labourite at heart
    August 12, 2012

    why did they tell us that the watch was discontinued? there was so much wind that was like a tropical storm. we need answers!

  37. August 12, 2012

    that bridge from bath estate to elms hall is much too low!

  38. OJ
    August 12, 2012

    Lord have mercy on the pipo of Dominica.This is indeed a draw back the money to be used again on repairs cud have been used for other social and economic sectors for development.I wish all DA safe and in Gods hands including my boo.

  39. Anonymous
    August 12, 2012

    We got no rain down Possie, just some wind and lightning….wow

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