Heavy rains trigger massive flooding in Dominica on Christmas Eve

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Heavy rains trigger massive flooding in Dominica on Christmas Eve

By TDN Wire Staff
December 24, 2013, 9:10 P.M

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A usually dry ravine swells in the village of Pointe Mitchel.
Loubiere, Dominica (TDN) -- An overnight weather system dumped heavy rains on Dominica resulting in massive flooding and triggering landslides in several parts of the island.

Residents woke up on the eve of Christmas to witness scenes that many described as having not been seen over several decades.

In Loubiere and Pointe Mitchel ravines swelled and crested over their banks flooding several homes and streets and bringing a halt to vehicular traffic in those areas.

In other areas on the island, electricity and water services were interrupted leaving many residents without those vital services as night approached.

Even as the rain continued authorities reported that all residents were accounted for and there were no injuries.

Meanwhile, communications minister Rayburn Blackmore blamed problems with land use development for some of the damage seen in the wake of the storm.

The Roseau river overflowed its banks threathening homes in its path.

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