ODM STATEMENT ON POSSIBLE SEVERE WEATHER ISSUED JUNE 30 2021

STATEMENT BY THE ODM ON POSSIBLE SEVERE WEATHER ISSUED WEDNESDAY 30 JUNE, 2021 at 6AM

The Office of Disaster Management is advising the public to be vigilant as the Dominica Met Service has indicated that severe weather is projected to affect Dominica starting today, Wednesday June 30th and continuing into Saturday July 3rd, 2021. This is as a result of two active tropical waves. The public should expect delays or disruption to normal activities particularly on Friday into Saturday and should therefore make advance plans.

Of note, the second tropical wave which currently has a moderate to high chance of development could be a tropical storm in the next few days and produce tropical storm conditions across Dominica from Friday into Saturday.

Hazards that are likely to affect Dominica and recommended safety actions by the public from Wednesday June 30th into Saturday July 3rd   include:

  • Flash Flooding and overflowing of waterways such as rivers and ravines; be mindful of the usual hotspots. People who live along waterways including rivers and ravines should be vigilant and be aware of their surroundings during this time. Be ready to move to a safe area if rising water is observed. Avoid areas subject to flash flooding and do not attempt to cross rivers. Just 6 inches of fast moving water can knock you down and 1 foot of fast moving water can sweep your vehicle away  
  • Landslide and rock falls are highly possible. If you must move around, be alert while traversing landslide and rock fall hotspots such as Tarreau, under the Canefield Cliff, Champagne area near Pointe Michel, Bagatelle, Dubique, Corona and Bellevue Chopin road to name a few and other vulnerable areas.
  • Tropical Storm Force winds are possible on Friday into Saturday. This means some outdoor activities may be impossible or difficult by Friday afternoon due to tropical storm force winds and heavy rains. Plan ahead and limit outdoor activities where possible. The public is strongly encouraged to take the necessary precautions to safeguard life and property including securing loose objects, secure compromised roofs, windows and doors; Trim overhang trees that could pose a danger to your home and ensure emergency kit is ready.

 

  • Rough seas are expected to create hazardous conditions for users of the sea starting today and should deteriorate by Friday into Saturday. Boat operators are advised to have plans in place to safeguard boating equipment by Thursday evening.

The National Emergency Planning Organization (NEPO) stands ready to provide support and the ODM will continue to monitor and provide the necessary updates.