Trop­i­cal Storm Matthew Hits Sweet He­len

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By An­gel­ica O’Donoghue-Holder

On Wed­nes­day Saint Lu­cia was faced with an­other dev­as­tat­ing weather sys­tem which trig­gered havoc over flood-prone and agri­cul­tural ar­eas of the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (NEMO) there were re­ports of de­bris on the road­way to the Cas­tries wa­ter­front. Also, a col­lapsed re­tain­ing wall near the Choiseul Po­lice sta­tion blocked road pas­sage and drainage, re­sult­ing in the sta­tion be­ing flooded.

Due to in­tense rain­fall dur­ing Trop­i­cal Storm Matthew there was sig­nif­i­cant flood­ing in ar­eas of Union Bridge, Aux Lyon, Bexon, Den­nery, La­borie, Mi­coud, Vieux Fort and the Ta­mazo Bridge. Anse-La-Raye, La Caye, Up­per Ta­mazo and Aux Lyon re­ported land­slides. The ini­tial re­port from NEMO also in­di­cates over 130 ci­ti­zens sought pro­tec­tion in six des­ig­nated hur­ri­cane re­lief shel­ters across the is­land.

Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chastanet high­lighted the agri­cul­tural sec­tor as be­ing most af­fected by the storm. In his pub­lic state­ment he es­ti­mated that 85% of the sec­tor had been dam­aged.

The Prime Min­is­ter, who re­turned to the is­land af­ter the storm, com­mended Hon. Le­nard Montoute for his quick re­sponse while serv­ing as Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter.

Photo Cred­its Bill Mort­ley

The prime min­is­ter com­mended the quick re­cov­ery ef­forts.

Get­ting around by any means nec­es­sary!

An es­ti­mated 85% of the Agri­cul­tural Sec­tor has been dam­aged.

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