Work re­sumes in Do­minica af­ter Storm but PM urges Cau­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL - - Caribbean 360

Even as large por­tions of Do­minica re­mained with­out power on Thurs­day af­ter Trop­i­cal Storm Matthew passed, Prime Min­is­ter Roo­sevelt Sk­er­rit an­nounced that busi­ness and gov­ern­ment agen­cies would re­sume op­er­a­tions as nor­mal on Fri­day. Schools, how­ever, re­mained closed for the rest of the week to en­sure the safety of the is­land’s chil­dren.

“We don’t want to have a sit­u­a­tion where we have our chil­dren at school and the af­ter ef­fects of the rain man­i­fest them­selves and our stu­dents find them­selves in dif­fi­cul­ties,” Sk­er­rit ex­plained on the sta­te­owned DBS Ra­dio on Fri­day.

“We have re­ceived a tremen­dous amount of rain and also wind. There­fore, we are ask­ing for peo­ple to be cau­tious and care­ful as they move around do­ing their own busi­ness. Be­cause of the level of sat­u­ra­tion which the soil has, one can ex­pect land slip­pages, ero­sions, land­slides, mud­slides and the like.”

The trop­i­cal storm warn­ing that had been in place for Do­minica, along with five other Caribbean is­lands, has been dis­con­tin­ued.

Pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer of the Do­minica Elec­tric­ity Ser­vices Ltd (DOMLEC) Ad­ina Bel­lot-Valentine con­firmed that there was no power in the south­ern part of Do­minica, or in parts of the north, west, and east.

“As the weather eases up, or as it per­mits, we will try to re­store power as quickly as pos­si­ble,” she said, not­ing that some high volt­age lines and poles were down.

Other dam­age re­ported as a re­sult of the storm’s pas­sage was flood­ing and land­slides.

The storm passed just a month af­ter the one-year an­niver­sary of Trop­i­cal Storm Erika, which devastated Do­minica with its tor­ren­tial rains on Au­gust 27, 2015.

The Roseau River af­ter Trop­i­cal Storm Matthew. (Photo credit: Charles Jong via Bar­ba­dos To­day)

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