ROSEAU, Dominica, Thursday September 29, 2016 – 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 today.
Schools, however, remain closed for the rest of the week to ensure the safety of the island’s children, he said.
“We don’t want to have a situation where we have our children at school and the after effects of the rain manifests themselves and our students find themselves in difficulties,” Skerrit explained on the state-owned DBS Radio this morning.
As for those heading to work, the Prime Minister urged them to exercise caution.
“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.
But Skerrit noted that forecasters expected rain throughout the course of the day and the weather situation would therefore be monitored.
Also speaking on radio, 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.