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Friday, 14 December 2018

Dominicans awoke early Thursday August 27th to flooding and mudslides as a result of Tropical Storm Erika which dumped over 10 inches of rain on the island in just six hours.

The weather system resulted in over 10 confirmed deaths and over a dozen missing especially in the Petite Savanne community.

Hundreds of homes were completely destroyed.

The collapse of bridges and roads resulted in the isolation of several communities.

A wide cross section of the island was without water, electricity and telecommunication services.

In every corner, there are vivid signs that Tropical Storm Erika had unleashed its fury on Dominica.

Hon Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit arrived by helicopter at the Canefield Airport on Thursday.

Heavy equipment operators are continuing their efforts to allow road access to as many parts of Dominica as possible.

On Friday, heavy equipment operators began the daunting task of clearing the roads of mudslides, rocks and debris, all left behind by Tropical Storm Erika.

A number of bypasses have been created to allow entry into areas affected such as Coulibistrie and Colihaut.

One such bypass is in the Macoucherie area where a huge section of the road and bridge was washed away by the flood waters.

Since the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, a vast amount of work has already been done to clear the road network.

The Prime Minister commended the heavy equipment operators for their commitment to the task of reconnecting communities.

Hon Skerrit visited several communities including the Paradise Valley in Bath Estate on Saturday morning where he got a firsthand look at the devastation caused by the weather system.

Every community has been touched by the ravages of Tropical Storm Erika. Some however, because of the severity has been declared special disaster areas.  These are Bath Estate (Paradise Valley), Dubique, Petite Savanne, Campbell, Coulibistrie, Pichelin, Petite Sourfriere, Good Hope and San Sauveur.

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