by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Following the passage of rain associated with Subtropical Storm Nicole, many Caribbean islands have experienced severe flooding in St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Martinique and St. Maarten. Images on social media show roadways becoming rivers with cars submerged and damaging critical infrastructure.
While extensive damage was not reported on St. Kitts, Nevis, during the height of the persistent showers, experienced some flooding and infrastructural damage.
A video circulating on social media showed a damaged roadway that made it impossible for motorists to use. In speaking with WINN, Brian Dyer, Director of the Nevis Disaster Management Department, said the Cades Bay bridge was overtopped by flooding water and debris, which impacted the road network and the asphalting and other sub-base material.
Several roads in other areas of the country were reportedly littered with debris.
The Director of NDMD reported that one of the two Flood Management Systems, Nisbett Plantation, was damaged by debris. There are two Flood Management Systems on Nevis at Bath Ghaut and Nisbett Plantation. The Flood Management system is a mechanism to monitor water levels.
Dyer said he is awaiting a report from the Public Works Department as it is currently working on quantifying the infrastructural damages on the island.
In addition, the Nevis Water Department reported damaged mainlines in the Cades Bay area. Surrounding communities are without water as the Nevis Water Department works to repair waterlines so that water can be restored. The outage will affect Newcastle to Camps.
The Hon. Spencer Brand gave an update on the damage on Nevis, saying, “I am happy to update the people of Nevis that while we took a serious beating from the heavy rains last evening, we fared extremely well,
We suffered some disturbance in the Asphalt in the Cades Bay area because the bridge was clogged and caused a spillover onto the road.
The Bridge is 100% intact! With absolutely no washout of the bridge whatsoever. The bridge is now cleared with No Compromise of the structure.
We will ensure in short order to have the Cades Bay area 100 % passable.”