Colombette Landslide Cleared, But Motorists Urged To Exercise Caution

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The major landslide that completely blocked the road at Colombette, Soufriere, has been cleared, but a Ministry of Infrastructure official has urged motorists to exercise caution because the area is slippery as a result of residual wet dirt which will be cleared away on Tuesday.

Officials say the Soufriere fire station will assist in washing down the road.

Ministry of Infrastructure crews were able to clear one lane of the road shortly after noon on Monday and by 8:00 p.m. had succeeded in unblocking the road, a Ministry official told St Lucia Times.

The landslide  at  Colombette occurred in the early hours of Monday morning,  dumping an estimated 200 cubic metres of soil and debris on the road and  forcing buses travelling the Castries to Soufriere route to make a diversion through Vieux Fort.

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In addition to bringing down trees, the landslide affected  utility poles, lowering power lines.

The Colombette landslide was one of several incidents reported by the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) after heavy weekend rains.

NEMO disclosed on Monday that the effect of the heavy rainfall included landslides that damaged  houses at Bocage and Ti Rocher in Castries and destroyed another at Marigot forcing residents to evacuate.

 

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