Police officer & girlfriend narrowly escape death

The mud-affected interior of Austrie's apartment
The mud-affected interior of Austrie’s apartment

Police Officer, Anselm Austrie,  says he is lucky to be alive after a river which overflowed its banks, came crashing through an apartment that he and his girlfriend occupy in Castle Comfort.

According to the police officer, he woke up to a loud thunderous noise on the morning of Tuesday December 24th 2013 and  upon investigating, he saw that the river (La Riviere Kanawi) was about to overflow its banks.

“I immediately woke up my girlfriend and told her we need to get out of this place, because the river is going to overflow and when it does it will take us also. All I had time to do was put on a pant and we both ran out of the house,” Austrie explained.

They went onto the road where they monitored the river. Then suddenly, things took a turn for the worse as the river broke its banks and both Austrie and his girlfriend had to flee for their lives from the raging water.

“The water was so strong that in running it threw us down a number of times and what is more worrisome is that my girlfriend is five months pregnant and she was also injured,” Austrie added.

Austriie's girl friend being carried via stretcher on her way to hospital
Austriie’s girlfriend being carried via stretcher on her way to hospital

He said following the incident, his girlfriend kept complaining of pains under her stomach and needed medical attention.

This was delayed as the Citronier highway and the Castle Comfort road were both blocked by landslides following the heavy overnight rain, as a result of a trough system that had been affecting the island for several days.

After some time, his girlfriend was moved via a stretcher carried by police officers and fire and ambulance personnel from one side of the landslide on the Citronier highway, to an awaiting vehicle on the opposite side and then transported to the Princess Margaret Hospital, Austrie recounted.

The law enforcement officer said they lost everything in the house including the couch, television, laptop, clothes, refrigerators, stove and washing machine, which were brand new, but are no longer of any use, as the apartment was flooded with up to 3 and a ½ feet of debris-filled muddy water.

“I thank God for sparing our lives, but at this point I do not know what can be done to help me as a result of this tragedy,” the flood afflicted Austrie pondered.

The couple had moved into the apartment just six months ago.

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  1. Reality
    January 1, 2014

    Prophesy is being fulfilled…READ MATHEW chapter 24 of the BIBLE. Let us turn over our lives totally to God for THE DAY IS AT HAND..!!

    • rims
      January 1, 2014

      A simple message from the father above to
      change their wicked way the next time won’t
      be water it will be fire

  2. contact
    January 1, 2014

    these are the same people you sent to china to negotiate.no college degree just like lennox.

    December 31, 2013

    Growing up in Dominica there were always workers on the road. They cleared all the culverts and drains p we had no such problems. Probably the ministry of communications and works should check how the folks handled the island of Dominica with all that rain. There are some old traditions we MUST NEVER do away with.

  4. Fitzroy W. Lawrence
    December 31, 2013

    Words of Comfort from the Bible: Psalms 18:6-7
    In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.

  5. Dunstan St. Luce
    December 30, 2013

    We can not prevent the birds from flying but can prevent them from building a nest on our heads.We can not prevent troughs, hurricanes etc. We can minimize their damages if we take heed to where we build. When I consider where some people build and how they build it is no wonder we had loss of lives in St. Vincent and St. Lucia for example. Some places I see people build are just death traps in the event of a hurricane or a flood. I am not blaming any one, for now is not the time for that. I am thinking of solutions to minimize disasters in the event of such occurrences.

    • concern
      December 30, 2013


    • Canadain/Dominica
      December 30, 2013

      That the work of the almighty,it signs we have too wounder,
      Hear in Canada in Toronto we hard no lights no heat imagine everything is on electric hear, till now there a certain part that still out of hydro, what can we do, listen too me , i am a nurse,OK i hard to take a cab to get to the subway lest than minuets, OK cause if you fall crapo smoke your pipe, emergency was over crowded old people falling and brake their hand hip , ass bone every finininininininin, bone so this is the end of our day the same time it happen in Canada is the same time something going on in DA , all all we can do pray ok

  6. Peace
    December 30, 2013

    We need to be positive in every situation.some of you make comment that are not even near to what happean come on my Dominican people when are we going to be as one and stop pointing fingers at each other.God speared this Officers life and his family for a reason we may not see why but in due time we will know.God just wash down Dominica from all those evils in the air let God do his work and shut up.Negative people will always fill their mouth and mind with the wrong things.

  7. traci from mahaut
    December 30, 2013

    at times I wonder whats really going on through some of our mines as Dominicans..we wait for certain things to happen to start pointing fingers and looking for someone to blame…hmmm where minister coming in that…I would fully recommend you to go back to first grade because ur writing is so very poor…(dominicn) I thought is dominica…(peple)I thought is people…: homeiess)I thought is homeless :(then again we still wait to just hear whats going to happen next to cast out negative opinions and am sick off it…be safe officer u and your family..lets concentrate on the positive

  8. Pussinka
    December 30, 2013

    Some times god allows adversity to enter into our lives ’cause he has bigger plans for us. Ideal time to realize what your girlfriend means to you. So just get married & allow God to bless your new family, YOU, Mom & baby. A brand new beginning in the brand new year. What do you say?

  9. kk
    December 30, 2013

    What a sad situation that we have to transport someone on a stretcher to the hospital. Mr Lennox what about trying to find a helicopter or something of that nature instead of trying to fool the uneducated ones. I thought after this little boy remained over ninght in that rain after this tragic plane crash that we would have learnt something. Sad Situation. Now it seems like this pic is the photo shot of the day. God help you all.

    • smh
      December 31, 2013

      stupes, where Lennox coming in that? Tell the current government so. stupes. If there is a change then Lennox will have to face that issue and cater to it, but for now where Lennox coming in that about helicopter. tell that to the government, they that there suppose to be taking care of things, is they allu say that have things on lock, as them to get it, they that there. We need on for true, i admit it but who that in power that suppose to deal with that.

  10. roxy
    December 29, 2013

    very happy that my friend and his wife and unborn child are safe> I hope all those who are displaced by this tragedy will find strength in God to move on

  11. Symes
    December 29, 2013

    We cannot take everything for granted and just say is natural disaster.. Wake-up my people, the coming of the Lord is near!!!

  12. The Watcher
    December 28, 2013

    What I consider strange over the the heavy rain, thunder and lightning etc that passed through the last few days was that to me I heard nothing in the form of a warning or heads up on the gravity or severity of the weather pattern or expected weather conditions until After everything blew through. It was so unexpected and sudden. I heard no public tropical depression warning or storm watch or anything of the sort broadcasted prior to the weather hitting, and I wonder if it was just me???? Because perhaps maybe if we had more of a heads up, then perhaps people could have been better prepared for it’s impact. And I suspect it was much the same situation in St.Vincent and the neighboring islands. Perhaps a life could have been saved if greater public notice was given. Because when the came in (-rain, thunder, lightning,) I was bewildered over the fact that we were actually still experiencing this kind of weather in DECEMBER (?!) I asked myself isn’t the hurricane season already long over? -This kind of weather in December?? But I thought nothing of it or perhaps just a mere passing cloud, because I heard nothing to indicate concern on the airways. And was very surprised at the aftermath. So as a contribution; I think greater awareness should be made /given to the changes in weather patterns, and advanced warnings where possible would be nice…

    • Anonymous
      December 30, 2013

      I totally agree with you I said the same thing myself. to add we only do thing when something happened we need to not to build near river and sea cause you never know with nature

    • anonymous
      December 30, 2013

      That’s not true. Days before there was a post on dno saying that we would ecperience heavy rainfall and that people living in places prone to landslides should exercise extreme caution because the soil wad already saturated with water from previous rainfall. It was also said on the radio station during the weather report.

      No one could have predicted the outcome of this disaster. What needs to be done is the establishment of evacuation plans for each community.

      Climate is also visible all over the world. Egypt had not snowed in over 100 years and they got snow this December.

      So let’s just pray for our country that God will continue to spare us. 6 people were killed as a result of the storm in St. Lucia and we had none.. thanks to God

  13. ANON
    December 28, 2013

    We have 365 rivers. some just believe they should ‘develop’ property on river beds. river estate is also a disaster waiting to happen.

    • Pussinka
      December 30, 2013

      oh my I have friends living in river Estate & coming to think of it it is really a river bed. So Massacre School is also in the disaster zone?

  14. Macbeth
    December 28, 2013

    Thank God you are alive, remember the Lord wants all his children to turn to him, the earth is crying out, We need to have the Master in our lives ,He is not pleased with what is happening in his world, Wake up everyone!!!!!

  15. humble_me
    December 28, 2013

    We had the same in Loubiere a single mother of four lost everything to the river.
    I do not only believe but I do know that My GOD is GOOD! not sometimes but all the time.

    Be of good cheer my people he who made the eyes sees all things, he who made the ears hears all things.

  16. aa
    December 27, 2013

    DNO åre you going to write the story of others affected by the storm or just the officer

    • jesus wept
      December 28, 2013

      if things couldn’t get worse the officer cousin went fishing and has not returned up to now at woodfordhill. Pray for us

  17. "O" STRESS"
    December 27, 2013

    our prayers goes out to all those who were affected by the storm and raging waters. God is good all the time your life and that of your girl friend was spared and to God be the glory your unborn child will be ok. Thank God for life, for with life, there is always hope keep hope alive for this situation is a set up for bigger and better things in the future. Our prayers will be on behalf of all those who suffered loss.

  18. December 27, 2013

    MR. Austrie God spared you and ur gf. She will be okay by the grace of God. Ignore the negatives and concentrate on the positives. (prayer) is all we need. Remember this too will past!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. LEE
    December 27, 2013

    Thanks God you all made it. I hope you unborn bady will be ok, have faith the almighty will bless you with more.

  20. miss $
    December 27, 2013

    dominicn is stupid peple our mister have all the money and he makeing peple go homeiess hmmmmmm :-x :cry:

    • JJJ
      December 28, 2013

      Dominicans stupid but you cannot spell Dominica whew! whew! whew! keep quiet please

      • rescue 911
        December 29, 2013

        dominican stupid but u spell.dominica wrong,you spell people wrong ,you spell minister wrong,you spell making wrong ,you spell people wrong again and you spell homeless wrong. :lol: sakway sort :lol:

  21. abroad
    December 27, 2013

    God is good

  22. Me
    December 27, 2013

    Fully empathise. Had the exact same thing but in Loubiere. Lost so much, neighbours have been wonderful. Lucky to be alive but upset about losing so much and now living an upside down life with no tools to even work.

  23. thiny
    December 27, 2013

    Those people fine……this is why I did not comment on their health status

  24. Shameless
    December 27, 2013

    Jah blessings to you and the girlfriend officer. Thank you for your service and rest assured god will see you through. Happy New Year!

    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

  25. Simple
    December 27, 2013

    thiny, why didn’t you offer to help them instead of talking nonsense?

  26. Cool J
    December 27, 2013

    thank God you and your gf are safe Anselm. Praises.

  27. Eyeballs
    December 27, 2013

    Alas….Thank God they survived. Hope the girlfriend is doing better

  28. opinionated
    December 27, 2013

    oh my! I am terribly sorry to hear this and I trust God that your girlfriend and baby are alive and well.
    take the opportunity to turn your life over to Christ, for it is because of His mercies that your life was spared.
    I wish a verrry prosperous New Year.

    • Rastafari
      December 27, 2013

      Great opportunity to try and convert someone, huh? What makes you think every one has to be a Christian?

    • Rastafari
      December 27, 2013

      Besides, it was his quick wits that saved him. If he had not gotten out of the way of the raging waters, and just asked for mercy, he would have been dead. 8-O

      • December 28, 2013

        Rastafari, in your words, ‘He asked for mercy’. Where did the mercy come from, surely not from you. Who woke him up to see the pending disaster, surely not you. It must have been God both times and at all times. So I urge you, Rastafari to call on God also.

      • Ms Polly Teaks
        December 28, 2013

        I agree it was his quick wits, but it had to be a ‘word of knowledge’ from the Lord to move now that saved their lives.

  29. lulu
    December 27, 2013

    The most important thing u people have yr lives. Give God thanks. Material things are always there. Give God thanks in every situation cause it could be worst. Ask God for his guidance and grace and He will see u all through. Blessings.

  30. thiny
    December 27, 2013

    How far is this house from the river??…I know that water can overfloe and flood miles and miles of land…..but how far from the river is this house?……when we choose our house lication we should accept the consequences..which may come with it…….

    • dingdong
      December 27, 2013

      thiny….i’m at a loss for words to describe you right now! smh!

      • Ashley
        December 27, 2013

        thiny you – a waysac gas

      • heart
        December 27, 2013

        I can help you with that insensitive

      December 27, 2013

      Tiny anywhere expect disaster. You live up a hill, landslide; on a flat, flood; by the sea side, the sea gets vex; close to a river, the river smiles when it rains.
      So tiny, I know you are living close to the sea.

    • December 28, 2013

      You have a point but your delivery is crappy and your spelling is also a bit sad.

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