Effects of Tropical Depression Seven

Many villagers across Dominica were busy on Sunday August 12th in a cleanup process, as their homes and or villages were affected as a result of the passage of Tropical Depression Seven.

What would normally seem as a stream on the Canefield Highway, erupted into a river as the influx of water could not travel fast enough to the sea. This resulted in the flooding of the highway.

A pick axe and shovel certainly could not clear out the debris, and an excavator had to be called in to remove the debris which blocked the culvert from letting the water flow into the sea.

The river near the Canefield Airport also overflowed its banks which flooded the runway of the Canefield Airport scattering debris all over the runway which halted operations at the Airport.

One of the hardest hit villages was Layou as the road leading to the Layou Valley was completely cut off, when the Layou River water’s untamed force proved too much to the fragile road, which was washed away.

President of the Layou Improvement Committee Mr. Lazare Charles says about 10:30pm on Saturday August 11th, they really felt the effects by the passing of the Tropical Depression, as they got a lot of water when the river overflowed its banks.

Mr. Charles says they are very concerned with the way in which the Layou River is dredged, and the community, in addition to the companies dredging the river should have a very important meeting to discuss the proper management of dredging the river.

Villagers in Massacre also felt the force of the depression as there were flooding throughout the village. Rather than working on vehicles, a few workers were left to clean up their garage after it was flooded by heavy rain fall.

Minister of Public Works, Energy & Ports, Honourable Rayburn Blackmoore reported that a number of villages experienced landslides and thanked the operators of heavy machines for responding quickly to clear the roads.

He added that farmers were also affected, and in the village of Castle Bruce an estimate of 1000 cows were killed.

Mr. Blackmoore says they currently have a team of experts accessing the damage island wide before a report can be given on the cost of damage done by the passage of Tropical Depression Seven.

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