Schools and government offices closed, flood watch issued as Dominica gets more bad weather

The flood watch is in effect until noon today in the first instance, but it could be extended.

It was issued by the Dominica Meteorological Service after satellite and radar imagery suggested that the unsettled conditions associated with a passing tropical wave, which affected the island yesterday, would continue today.

Pockets of moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms were expected to spread across the island.

“Rainfall accumulations of 1 to 2 inches are possible with isolated higher amounts,” the Met Office said.

“Due to the already saturated nature of the earth, any additional rainfall is likely to result in further flooding and landslides.”

There was extensive flooding, which trigged landslides, when Tropical Storm Erika passed late last month. There was more flooding last Friday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Grace passed by.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has called on residents to play their part once this latest set of inclement weather passes.

“Please, when the rain subsides, let us volunteer to clear the debris from in front of our homes and on our streets in our neighbourhoods that may cause blockage or flooding,” he wrote on Facebook and Twitter.

“We cannot wait on the state to get to every neighbourhood at the same time. Let us do our part to ensure our streets are clear.”

There has been hundreds of thousands of damage done to infrastructure, at least two communities have to be permanently relocated, and more than 30 people died when Tropical Storm Erika passed.



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