Landslides keep PWD workers busy

The Hampstead River near Calibishie swelled as a result of the heavy rains Saturday. * Photo by Orville Dupuis

Evidence of heavy rainfall was clear in the northern part of Dominica Saturday with landslides and surging waters.

The Ministry of Public Works had to close the Pond Casse’ to Melville hall road in response to a major landslide in the Deux Branches area, and urged drivers to take the Castle Bruce route to and from the Melville Hall airport.

“It is not possible to allow vehicular traffic flow while you are trying to address very, very serious landslide, so as a result it makes more sense taking into consideration safety of people,” Minister for Public Works Rayburn Blackmoore stated.

The hope is that the airport road will be cleared by Sunday to return traffic flow to normal.

A landslide in Blenheim also kept the Public Works Department (PWD) busy. The slide took place close to the bridge in the area, but vehicles were able to access the area “partially”.  Blackmoore reported swelling of the Blenheim river earlier on Saturday.

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  1. LMAO
    May 9, 2011

    It is called environmental Ware Fare. The illuminati plan to take over the world. Sounds stupid right? Said the same thing the first I heard it. Check out H.A.A.R.P.

    enlighten yourselves please.

  2. Nature Isle Lover
    May 9, 2011

    Blenheim is located near the area of the Thibaud / Vieille Case Road tunroff point on the way to Anse de Mai from Portsmouth and or its the surrounding area including the river and respective bridge which comes just before the turnoff on the road to Thibaud/ Vieille Case.

  3. scammer
    May 8, 2011

    keep working PWD…your government will reward you…them guys so damm smart they building
    over 27 million dollar rubbish they call a state house!!

  4. Comment
    May 8, 2011

    You mean Deux Branches

  5. leroy lagoon
    May 8, 2011

    So sad but we are about to have a bigger land slide than that in Dominica, called the chinese land slide! I personally have no problem with migration to the nature island, but when the chinese come to Dominica to put local businisses out of business, this is a bad sign and lack of foresight on the part of the government. The locals in DA cannot seriously compete with the chinese, so i think the government should seriously consider some type of price controll or price regulation to open a fair field for competitve trade for all. If these mechanisms are not quickly put in place 5 years from today their will be no local merchants in Dominica.

    • Homeboy
      May 8, 2011

      Well you are kind of off topic, but I have to agree with you.
      (1) There needs to be some form of regulation to allow the local business person to survive. Government has to realize that everything is made in China and so allowing them to open up shops indiscriminately will result in the mortification of the business sectorvas wrblnoe it.

      (2) America, Canada and Mexico protect themselves through NAFTA. Countries impose tariffs to level the playing field.

      Like this individual is saying Govt needs to adress this situation to prevent the elimination of the little man in DA

    • Behave yourself
      May 8, 2011

      Well, one thing leads to another. When govt puts in price control what are they going to use as the guage for the price? The low Chinese price, or ridiculously high local entrepreneur price? Local entrpreneurs have to go to St. Martin and buy retail from the same Chinese by the dozen and half a dozen. The Chinese are able to bring things in by the containerload. What must government do about that? Add a tariff on the Chinese and let them bring up their prices so it can be in par with the Local entrepreneur? Then what happens to the malaway who is trying to buy?

      Leroy, Garcon, the world is on a spin and no government is big enough to hold it back for nobody. Dominicans better get wise and use their lemons to make and market good lemonade instead of trying to stop someone else from competing with a new drink called CocaCola..

    • spirit
      May 8, 2011

      Leroy i want to agree with you that racial and economic landslide is in progress in Dominica with local business people falling victim. there is no way that we can compete with the Chinese wen they are been subsidized by the Chinese government who’s plan is to spread its wings all over the world and to dominate. the Chinese government pays it’s business people to go out to invest in other parts of the world. The Chinese sell cheaper her than most of the stuff sells in china so check that out. Do some research on how the Chinese government operates.

    • Jayson
      May 8, 2011

      Let the consumer choose.

      Capitalism at it’s best…

    • papa way
      May 9, 2011

      Wow! Lagoon Leroy has just discovered DNO…watch and read carefully as he rights all of Dominica’s wrongs from the safety of NJ. It’s very easy to observe and criticize what’s going on from a ‘safe’ distance while doing little or nothing about it.

      Back in the 80s we ran a ‘BUY LOCAL’ campaign, but it didn’t stop or prevent the influx/import of ‘back & neck’ and other cheap foods. Local fowl or imported frozen meat? You decide…

      Oh, landslides happen…although improved irrigation, drainage and such like might help on an island boasting 365 rivers.

  6. concerned driver
    May 8, 2011

    i heard a rumor that the road is being closed permanently until the end of the road project..can anyone tell me if that is true or not….could you find out DNO

  7. Anonymous
    May 8, 2011

    There are some of us who do not know where Blenheim is.

    • Informant
      May 9, 2011

      If you are heading towards Marigot from Portsmouth, Blenhim is about 5 minutes drive from Dos D’ane. The road there separates in two – the one on the left leads to Thibaud, Vieille Cae, Penville, the other goes on to Anse de Mai, Bense, Calibishie and the likes. Hope that helps.

  8. Mango Sweet
    May 8, 2011

    Are these rains caused by low level troughs? On friday we werein the Kalinago Territory (Salybia and Crayfish River) and I was amazed to see the thick fog that blanketed the area. And heavy rains, of course. This weather resembles September weather rather than May wether, when we are usualy in the worse part of the Kawem. Pwan gad! Tan ka chanje!!!

  9. Reason
    May 8, 2011

    DNO it is Deux Branche (two branches of the river) not Da’bwash, although it sounds close. Thanks for the up to date report as usual though.

  10. concerned driver
    May 8, 2011

    i heard a rumor that the road is being closed permanently until the end of the road project..can anyone tell me if that is true or not….could you find out DNO

  11. Skye
    May 8, 2011

    I believe that road is called Deux Branche {two branches} just an observation.

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