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Neck-high flooding in St. Lucia

November 6, 2022
Composite photos showing the high level of flood waters in parts of Saint Lucia. (CMC)

CMC – Several residents in the north of St. Lucia were trapped in their homes and there were reports of land slippage as heavy rain fell on Sunday, following downpours in the past week, resulted in flooding.

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said it had received reports of individuals trapped in their homes in the Assou Canal area.

NEMO’s Acting Director Maria Medard told St Lucia Times that emergency responders, including police, the St. Lucia Fire Service, the Gros Islet District Disaster Committee, and the National Transportation Committee, were trying to assist in evacuating the distressed residents.

“Some people have reported that the flooding was up to their neck. That was in the Corinth, Grande Riviere area,” she said, although saying it was uncertain how many residents were affected.

Communications Officer in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ports, Transport, Physical Development, and Urban Renewal, Miguel Fevrier, said technical teams dispatched to the affected areas were assessing the situation to take remedial action within the shortest possible time.

He urged residents in areas prone to flooding and landslides to exercise extreme caution as more rains were expected into Monday morning.

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