Heavy rains trigger landslides, flooding island-wide

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Heavy rains trigger landslides, flooding island-wide
Collage of photos showing flooding in Bexon.
Collage of photos showing flooding in Bexon.

The island was impacted by four landslides caused by high-intensity thunderstorm showers between last night and early this morning, Acting Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) Velda Joseph has said.

Teams from the Ministry of Infrastructure have been deployed to assist, Joseph said.

Two landslides occurred in Sarrot, affecting two houses, and two landslides occurred in Canaries and Soufriere.

Joseph said one of the landslides occurred 200 metres below Quatre Chemin and another at Belvedere. A team has been working in that area to clear the roadways, however motorists are advised  to drive with extreme caution.

Flooding also occurred in the Bexon area. Joseph  said the Crown Lands Bridge in Bexon was breached by debris, but there is now free flow of water.

Micoud South also suffered a power outage and minor flooding occurred in Castries North and Central.

The Almondale, Union road was blocked by a fallen tree.

 

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  1. Wow its so amazing that so much ignorance still exists in St. Lucia. The people of Bexon did not one day get up and say lets build in a flood prone area. For your information "annoyed" and others, that kind of flooding in Bexon is relatively new whereas families having been residing there for decades upon decades. Development and other human activity cause the phenomenon because now faces. Furthermore the flooding does not only affect Bexon residents but everyone who traverse the highway...lets make sense before we talk

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    • @ Human.. I agree with you about the ignorance of some of the comments which are made here reference the bexon (Especially from annoyed). However i have to disagree with the statement which you made reference the flooding being relatively new. I am 45 Yrs old and can tell you as long as i can remember bexon has always been flooding this way. I remember after allen and debbie it was really bad. The difference is that now there is a lot more technology available so many more people are now seeing what is going on in bexon before, during and after a flood. I remember as a child i stood by the catholic church and could see nothing but water and mud on the road as far as my eyes could see. "Nothing New" ..We the people of bexon also have to be aware of where we are located geographically and stop building homes so close to the ground to avoid damage every time it floods. Because trust me it will happen again and again.

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      • what are the ppl of planning doing?Shouldn't it be obvious that building homes in such a place would have adverse effects in the future and if they didn't shouldn't these ppl av already been relocated or have they homes remodel to handle such things? SMH! What's the point of technology if we're not going to put it to use!!

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  2. One thing we have overlooked.We are still in the hurricane season and firemen on strike. I hope the PM in his speech tonight indicates the importance of the fire service in case of a natural disaster.

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  3. So government have to tell them relocate?! Just now ! It's not government fault the built around and destroyed the river? The flooding in bexon is MANMADE . After the country in debt the government has to think for the people bullcrap

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    • Please explain how the flooding in bexon is man made. Bexon is located in a valley for your information, There are three mountains surrounding Bexon piton flore to the west, chaupien on to the east and the bardline to the south where do you expect the water to go.

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      • Stop littering. People destroyed the river's natural pathway, the river is just going its natural way when it rains heavily

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        • I'm guessing that you are not from bexon and you have evidence of what you are saying. The only places i am aware that the rivers' course was changed was done by the government where the river was too close to the road, But then again i might be wrong, for all i know you may be working at planning and infrastructure and have a detailed layout of the land.

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  4. That's actually 6 landslides, if you count properly. That's a lot of landslides for rains overnight. Lord have mercy on our little Island.

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  5. We get so much rain in St.Luia; yet, we are always in a drought. WASCO just doesn't seem to know how to make use of all this water.

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  6. Lol those people started squatting on agricultural lands, now sold to them at 10 cents a sq foot, when it rains gov't giving them contracts to clear up their own mess. Is my tax money paying for this nonsense whey year SMH.

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  7. CONSIDERATION SHOULD REALLY BE GIVEN TO RELOCATING THE PPL OF BEXON.THEY ALWYAS SEEM TO GET HARD HIT DURING BAD WEATHER.

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    • Relocate them to where, your yard? I am assuming that you refer to the relevant authorities. Why dont river bank residents of Bexon be good citizens and strive to get out of this obvioius flood zone on their own. Already government is already spending millions to desilt and pay consultants to assess this flood plain.

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  8. a man/woman almost squash my car with der new model mitsubushi lancer in the 4 lane by gablewoods,when it raining hard dark tint is a killa...

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