Barbados escapes major damage from weakened Dorian
No major incidents, damage or injuries were reported across Barbados following the passage of Tropical Storm Dorian on Monday night and early Tuesday morning, the BGIS reported.
During an early morning press briefing at the National Emergency Operations Centre, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley reminded residents that there were still three full months to go in the season, and urged them to continue their preparedness efforts, and cleaning up the country.
The prime minster said the storm system had allowed the government to mobilize and focus on some areas, and the work done on Sunday had made a significant difference in Barbados’ state of readiness.
Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds said that there were reports of fallen trees, poles and power lines in Christ Church, St. Andrew, St. George, St. John, St. Michael and St. Thomas, while there was one report of a lifting galvanize and one roof, and an evacuation in St. Peter.
Water outages were also recorded in some parishes as a result of power failures by the Barbados Light and Power Company Limited. Meanwhile, the Ionics Fresh Water Ltd. Desalination Plant, which was taken offline during the storm, is now back in operation, and water tankers are being dispatched to areas still affected by water outages.
The Royal Barbados Police Force also stated that there were no reports of injury or incident, while Minister of Housing and Lands, George Payne, said the 18 houses on standby in the event of damage were not utilized.
Persons may contact the DEM at 438-7575 to report any further damage.
In photo above, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley with (from left) acting Attorney General Wilfred Abrahams; and Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic. (BGIS)