Several communities without electricity due to passage of TS Dorian

Heavy rain from TS Dorian pounding the south of the island. Photo taken at Castle Comfort

Heavy showers associated with the passage of Tropical Storm Dorian have left several communities without electricity.

Senior Customer Service Representative of Dominica’s Sole Electricity Company (DOMLEC), Edison St Jean, during a live interview on State-Owned DBS Radio, said the cause of the power outage is unknown at this time and DOMLEC is investigating the matter.

He explained that the areas affected are from the National Commercial Bank in Canefield to Belfast, all the way to Castle Bruce, Tranto, Petite Soufriere, the entire Kalinago Territory, Melville Hall and from Grand Fond to Delices.

“We are trying our best to determine the cause and we will provide you with information as soon as it becomes available,” St Jean said.

St. Jean offered an apology DOMLEC’s customers on behalf of the company.

Meantime, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Dominica Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO) Edward Registe water is being restored.

However, DOWASCO is still encouraging the public to continue to keep water in storage.

He said there are no reports of intakes being affected, However he said it is possible because several of the intakes remain vulnerable to landslides.

“Landslides could be the biggest issue that we may have,” Registe stated.

He said DOWASCO is doing everything necessary to ensure that what the water supply system in the country endures.

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8 Comments

  1. roy
    August 29, 2019

    Edison St-Jean said that they are trying to determine the cause.
    The cause is most probably: a fragile infrastructure battered by the rain and wind. Stop trying to complicate things. Now fix it.

  2. 4th World
    August 28, 2019

    Sometimes i wonder if Dominica is a 4th world country….. Barbados and st Lucia were under warning yet water electricity and service were maintained throughout the day yet Dominica who was under watch has none for the entire day….. I’m ashamed

  3. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    August 27, 2019

    Since the last hurricane, Dominica became the first resilient country on the planet earth!

    I would expect since the power grid was destroyed by Maria; when they rebuild it, that should have been the first to be rebuilt with all the potential resilience ability.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

    Nevertheless, by the time the first tropical rain fell since Dominica became the first resilient country on the earth; more than half the island is without electricity!What a joke!

    Where is the country resiliency?

    The resilient building science which seems to exist only in Roosevelt and Isaac mine alone did not work; it might be a simple figment of their imagination!

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  4. August 27, 2019

    The first comment is heartless , you can’t say something like it doesn’t matter if the people get hurt or their homes gets damage, anything can happen to you while you are being comfortable in your house, and God forbids you get in a bad situation would you like to read a comment like the one you posted?

  5. Asinof
    August 27, 2019

    Well too bad for all you. We are at our warm homes in possie under blanket watching our netflix.

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  6. derp
    August 27, 2019

    a little tropical storm a Domlec, practically all the poles new

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  7. Google
    August 27, 2019

    There is something wrong with the DOMLec network on the east and north east.
    During july and august a little rain failing and the power goes. Please be more resilient and get better grounding to the network.

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  8. jamie
    August 27, 2019

    It is a storm passing,what apology is needed,lines are not underground.

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