The Coulibistrie River is being dredged a third time in three months, since the river dredging project with Dominica Strong commenced on the island following Hurricane Maria.
Dominica Labour Party’s caretaker for the Salisbury Constituency, Nicolls “Shanks” Esprit, while visiting the site of the river dredging last week, indicated that this has been the most effective thus far in Coulibistrie.
“Dominica Strong started right at the top of Placawill and dredging to go back down, taking off the debris, taking off the sand, taking off the stone, reestablishing the boundaries of the river and reestablishing the river stream and so on making it safe for the people who are still here.”
Coulibistrie was among villages island-wide that were severally impacted by Tropical Storm Erika in August 2015 and again in September 2017 by Hurricane Maria.
A number of homes were washed away, damaged, flooded or had to be abandoned as a result of Hurricane Maria.
Esprit said while plans are under way to relocate residents, everything is being done to protect them in the meantime.
“The government, in preparation to prevent them from going through that a third time, is planning the relocation to the point that we have already purchased the land and doing the development for the relocation.”
Last month, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who recently took up the portfolio as Minister for Housing, indicated that eighteen (18) acres of land is being acquired at Macoucherie to create a new development for residents of Coulibistrie.
A number of residents, according to the Mr. Skerrit, expressed their willingness to relocate.
Dredging work continues in the Coulibistrie River as government seeks to ensure the safety of the remaining residents of that community even as plans are afoot to permanently relocate them to Macoucherie. Work has also commenced on the 650 meters of Salisbury main road from the bus stop to the backroad junction. The project, totaling $546,000, is split between 4 contractors.
Posted by Nicholls "Shanks" Esprit on Wednesday, July 4, 2018