Matthieu Dam in Layou no longer poses a threat says Don Corriette

first_img Share Share LocalNews Matthieu Dam in Layou no longer poses a threat says Don Corriette by: – July 30, 2011 Sharing is caring! Clark Hall Estate Bridge in Layou completely cut off by overflow of Matthieu Dam.Don Corriette, the Acting Disaster Management Coordinator has reported to the media that the Matthieu Dam in the Layou Valley, no longer poses a threat to the public.The Matthieu Dam or Miracle Lake as it was referred to after a major landslide and subsequent flash flooding in 1997, broke in the early hours of Thursday morning overflowing the Layou River and village.This overflow affected livestock, damaged crops, properties and completely cut off a bridge in the Layou Valley area.Mr. Corriette says Disaster Management personnel met on Friday to discuss latest developments in the Layou Valley, which indicates that the dam is completely drained.“We got a detailed presentation from the SSU that give us some details on the physical characteristics of what was obtained from Matthieu and Layou River, and we can report that the dam is completely drained, there is not a likely threat of flash flooding. However there is still very heavy siltation and sediments in the river that can pose some problems downstream especially if we get heavy rain. So people need to be cautious when approaching the banks of the Layou River.”As part of their follow up analysis and review of the situation, several stakeholders will be on site to assess and quantify the damage Mr. Corriette informed.“We will have persons on the ground from the Ministry of Health Environmental Health Unit, Red Cross, Housing, Public Works, the various stakeholders doing a more detailed assessment of the damage and to try to quantify it for the Ministry of Finance so that we can put a comprehensive position forward to Cabinet and most likely to our friendly Governments and our donor countries for whatever assistance we may be able to attract.”Meantime Acting Coordinator advises everyone not to use the river water as it may be contaminated and cause a health threat“We just want to advise persons that the situation on the ground remains one that they should exercise caution given the siltation and sedimentation of the river, vis a vis the dangers it pose to persons entering the river. Secondly on the health aspect of it, there might be dead animals, broken sewer systems that may contaminate the water. Please stay away from using the water for any purposes such as drinking, bathing and the like without proper boiling,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Tweet 142 Views   no discussionslast_img

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