Residents in the east of Dominica commended for their efforts in the clearing of roads affected by heavy rainfall (with photos)

Minister for Public Works, Cassanni Laville, has commended residents in the east of Dominica for their “outstanding efforts” in clearing up roads after the occurrence of flash floods and landslides in various communities in that part of island.

According to reports, during the afternoon and early evening of April 29th 2022, there were incidents of flash flooding, drain and stream overtopping, landslides and rock falls which were caused by heavy rainfall.

Senator Laville stressed that people are the eyes and ears of the ministry and in that case, they were the hands, along with the machinery that assisted in clearing efforts.

He said the local effort was “absolutely outstanding in the East” as the people came out with the parliamentary representatives for La Plaine, Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique, Castle Bruce and Salybia constituencies coordinating the activities “on the ground” in their various constituencies.

The Minister also thanked the contractors who “worked in the night and into the morning” as well as the staff of the Ministry for their commitment in overseeing the clearing activities. Laville also expressed appreciation for the patience displayed by motorists despite the inconveniences.

“At the ministry level, we take a strategic approach in dealing with these situations. We closely monitor weather events and therefore have stationed heavy equipment at various locations to facilitate quick responses.  Crews were able to intervene very quickly, to clear roads and restore basic access to all communities,” he reported.

Laville mentioned “a few challenges” along the Castle Bruce road and the road to Good Hope. He said for the residents of Rosalie, Boetica, Laplaine and Delices, two large land slides occurred on that part of the road between Rosalie and the Castle Bruce/Rosalie junction.

“Notwithstanding the size of these landslides, access was restored relatively quickly to allow at least basic traffic flow as it relates to Castle Bruce road, there is ongoing construction of that section, ” Laville stated.

At the time of his report, the Public Works Minister indicated that although the main slides had been cleared, “the ride is not very pleasant at this time, so drivers with lower wheel bases may want to use the Kalinago- Belles link road to access Castle Bruce until that surface has been improved.”

Laville also revealed that a 26-million-dollar strategic intervention is ongoing to incorporate resilience and to avert these various challenges associated with flooding.

He said this is the government’s largest recent road investment “to improve livelihoods for people, by ensuring access to the homes, work, goods, services and education resources at all times.”

Laville added that the government has already activated its structures and resources at the ministry Level to continue surveillance and assessment of all infrastructure.

” I wish to also assure everyone that the ministry of Public Works, will do everything possible to facilitate road access; not only post-disaster but to continue to improve our designs and to build safe robust infrastructure for our dynamic Dominica,” he stated.

Below are some photos which show scenes of the effects of the inclement weather, clearing operations and afterwards.

 

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7 Comments

  1. May 7, 2022

    Bro when you and your DLP administration get rid of PWD the last bastion of disaster preparedness; whom did you expect to clear the roads especially since you all were not personally affected; kudos to the Residence of the East of Dominica “according to the Bible quotation) where “the wise men” like Dr Thomson Fontaine came from.

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  2. Slaves
    May 7, 2022

    What kind of leadership we have in this country? While you Laville are in the stadium worshipping your god, skerrit, for an insignificant medal the people from the east are struggling, putting their life and the families lives at risk and you are calling next day in congratulations. I don’t know what is wrong with my people but Dominicans have become the laughing stock of the Caribbean. When are you guys going to put yourselves and your children future first and put an administration in office to enhance your future and that of your kids. The Laville guy is on stage honoring a man, like a little god, and people are suffering in shamelessly making the people think it’s alright to suffer. Little man I don’t know if you mom speaks to you but I know your and I am sure he would be ashamed of you associating yourself with this corrupt, uncaring bunch. Making the people of this land dependants, indentured servants, modern day slaves and the people honor him while they are suffering in…

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  3. May 5, 2022

    Hello and good afternoon my people. Well let us hope that none of our citizens lost their life. Am from the east coast and everytime a morderate among of rain fall the bridge over the Rosalie River always flood which makes it in passable. The owner of the Rosalie Hotel build an embankment wall which protests the hotel. Why can’t the Government build a higher bridge without any footings in the river . The branches which the rain bring down from the mountains get stuck in the footings of the bridge which cause the water to spill over the top of the low bridge. Every year it’s the same stupid story about this bridge and it’s not being fix.

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  4. May 4, 2022

    That is the way it should be. Dominica belongs to all of us, she is our home, not just that of a few men and women in authority. Our place is to work with them for the betterness of beauty for her and comfort for us. May we, all over Dominica, maintain the incentive of the “Residents in the east of Dominica”. Well done people!

    • Marty
      May 6, 2022

      What a shame that YOU don’t ship in. You rather sit in Canada and enjoy your food stamps and promote the dictator.

  5. Simple
    May 4, 2022

    You could put name by the pics..not sure if is rosalie or castle bruce area.

  6. PRO
    May 4, 2022

    It is up to the govt, not the residents to clear up the roads. Government should be stepping in long before residents.. DO YOUR JOB LAVILLE

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