Comments Off on Flooding in the Dominican Republic
While it is good to finally see a little relief from the drought that has been plaguing the Dominican Republic, the same rain also means flooding in some areas due to the poor drainage in many communities and even in some of the larger cites. the storm that is coming in today is putting several areas on alert San Pedro de Macorís, La Romana, La Altagracia, El Seibo, Hato Mayor and Duarte (especially the Bajo Yuna area).
If you are driving today it would be a good idea to slow down and be on the watch for water on the roads especially in any of the lower areas near creaks and rivers. The National Meteorological Office (Onamet) which forecasts that the system will bring moderate rainfall, which could be heavy at times, accompanied by thunderstorms and isolated wind gusts, starting in the eastern and northeastern regions.
In the Santiago area it has been raining off and on all day which is good news
for my next to dry cistern. If you are living in one of the many areas where the drought is having an impact you can take advantage of these rainfall by collecting drain-off water from your roof to fill your tanacos and cisterns. I recently installed piping to a 55 gallon drum from my roof, and use a filter made from window screen to filter the debri from the water before it is piped to my cistern, I have already collected about 100 gallons and the rain is tarting o pick up again .
So, get out your umbrellas and enjoy the rain but be safe!