Police give final evacuation warning to people in Petite Savanne as Irma looms

There are people still living in Petite Savanne

Police Superintendent Richmond Valentine has given the final warning to people still living in Petite Savanne urging them to evacuate immediately as the village is deemed unsafe during this time.

He made the plea on Tuesday afternoon hours before Dominica begins feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma.

“This is the final warning to those persons, if you are still in Petite Savanne now you should leave Petite Savanne,” he stated. “Petite Savanne is not safe, and we are asking those persons who are there that they should leave Petite Savanne and leave now. If there are family members who are hearing me, please get in contact with those persons who are up there, and ask them to leave Petite Savanne.”

Petite Savanne was devastated by Tropical Storm Erika in 2015 and was labeled a danger zone and uninhabitable. However, some villagers chose to return to the village for personal reasons causing a problem for authorities.

Valentine noted that those in the village should ought not to be there, at least tonight leading into tomorrow.

He also advised Dominicans to adhere to the advice from the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) and take the necessary precautions.

“Stay away, stay indoors, stay safe,” he stated.

Superintendent Valentine remarked that all police officers are now on duty and will be conducting patrols across the island so as to mitigate any cases of injury or loss to property and life.

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10 Comments

  1. Missie
    September 6, 2017

    Who wants to scrunt and depend on gov’t when they can produce and eat what they produce. Just go to the safe areas till it pass, then go back to work producing bay oil and food.

  2. Anonymous
    September 6, 2017

    They should reopen that road between Delices and Petite Savanne, that is what they should do! I know it will cost money but it costs even more in the long run for people in that part of Dominica tp make that long journey to Roseau via that dodgy bridge at Batika, La Plane and all the way via Pont Casse. Fix that road instead, especially now that the British are going to upgrade the road between Loubiere and Bagtelle. It is wicked of government to use that as an excuse to pull in big money from Dubai instead. Open up that road I say even if yyou don’t want people to live in Petit Savane again. Honestly, even a blind man can see that.

  3. Anonymous
    September 6, 2017

    What is Supt, Valentine going to do if they refuse to leave and stay with their property instead? Arrest them?

    • rikitay
      September 6, 2017

      you are just an idiot to response to him like this you are just a waste of time.

    • Primrosette
      September 7, 2017

      No. let them die and not risk the lives of the officers,thats what he will do, no arrest necessary so stay in your petit savanne, hug your earthly possessions.

  4. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    September 5, 2017

    These people are brave to return to Petite Savanne after Tropical Storm Erika. They are disobedient by not heeding the authorities’ advice. If they do not vacate from there, let us hope they will be safe during Hurricane Irma’s traverse.

  5. #1
    September 5, 2017

    Why is this message not coming from the Commissioner of Police?

    • Primrosette
      September 7, 2017

      Retarded question. Ask someone who is less idiotic.

  6. Roger Burnett
    September 5, 2017

    While I appreciate Police Superintendent Richmond Valentine’s concerns for the villagers of Petite Savanne, I doubt if they are any more at risk than those in many other locations.

    Correct me if I am wrong, but from my inquiries, Petite Savanne has not experienced any serious land movement since Erica, whereas other parts of Dominica have. It appears that nature has done her worst and moved on.

    Moreover, nature has begun to re-stabilize the vulnerable hillsides. From day one we should have been assisting the process by planting bamboo (potentially a valuable cash crop) and other vigorous pioneer species. I’m sure that this is what China would have done had the land been theirs.

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