UPDATE: Heavy rain causes flooding in certain parts of Dominica

Anse De Mai church
Anse De Mai church

The Meteorological office is urging members of the public to exercise extreme caution when travelling the interior of the country as rivers both on the west and east coast are swollen due to a trough system affecting Dominica.

Drivers travelling on the Belles and Macoucherie roads are being alerted to potential danger in those areas posed by rising water in the Belles River and water from the Macoucherie River has also forced its way onto the road in the vicinity of the distillery on Thursday morning.

“We want to encourage motorists and other people using these roads to exercise extreme caution in going through, at least if they have any doubts about crossing certain areas, because they should not attempt it especially if they have a small, light vehicle,” Disaster Risk Management Consultant, Cecil Shillingford said while speaking on State-Owned Radio DBS.

He continued, “More in the interior of the country we saw a lot of heavy rains earlier this morning coming from the interior which has caused the rivers both on the west coast and the east coast to be swollen.”

According to Shillingford, “Although we saw a much improvement in the weather system yesterday [Wednesday] and early this morning we are still under the influence of this trough system.”

He revealed that a lot of the other rivers along the west coast they are swollen, “but not really causing any problems at this time.”

One mile in the Portsmouth area is also experiencing flooding.

“We should see some improvement as the day progress,” Shillingford noted.

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  1. Analyst
    December 2, 2016

    Heavenly Father, please protect my husband, Salisbury residents and all others by extension at this time. Thank you for your protection

  2. princess sajah charles
    December 2, 2016

    does it have school today,will salisbury people be able to go on today to anywhere.

  3. wwfgid trey
    December 1, 2016

    The more Mountain Top cutting that goes on in Dominica (to make aggregate stone) is the more we’ll see flooding; And some mountains will come down too. Where are those “environmentalists” they say we have in DA there nor??!! There is a reason for all these flooding and catastrophic events taking place on the Island. For almost 40 years people like Parris William & Sons have been cutting down mountains and destroying countless of wildlife, from crabs to crappo and crayfish. No one is saying anything about the disregard to the environment and the ecosystems.

    Dominica is a very small Island, and if we continue on this path; soon the entire Island population will have to be evacuated. The Haitians did something similar in the 70s up to the early 80s; When the people were cutting down the forests to make coal to sell as fuel. Haiti became bear as a desert. Trees had to be replanted. The Haitians on our Island may be practicing the same thing here. We must put a stop to mountain top

    • wwfgid trey
      December 1, 2016

      cutting. Go online and read about the results of mountain top cutting; Then you will understand why Dominica (over the past years) have been experiencing severe flooding and landslides. We should not just protest against low salary and the lack of transparency in the government; We MUST also protest against the government disregard for the environment. Believe it or not; Our survival depends on the environment. Government past a law some 30 years ago banning people from taking stones by the bay for building purposes – All because the big businesses wanted you to buy the aggregate stone and tarrish from them. Eh heh….Now they are breaking down Dominica for stones to sell; knowing fully well that they are causing harm to the Island. They don’t give a hoot about us; because they all have US visa/passport to run away when the Island collapses. Greedy people.

  4. Johnnie Boy
    December 1, 2016

    i am certain is not the Chinese that build it

    December 1, 2016

    Dominicans repent from our wicked ways and be righteous.

  6. DA girl
    December 1, 2016

    The river wall project at Melville Hall finished in good time.

    December 1, 2016

    Seems like the wall is holding up the Melville Hall River, that is great!

    • Looking
      December 1, 2016

      If we are to get a trough system of the magnitude of Erica. This wall will not hold.

      • TeteMorne I From
        December 2, 2016

        Well, Mr negativity, give it a chance to do what it does. For now, it is holding up and we are thankful. Gheeze!

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