SANTO DOMINGO – Dozens of Santo Domingo neighborhoods were flooded on Tuesday due to heavy rainfall as the remnant of Tropical Storm Beryl makes its way through the Caribbean country.
Many areas are without power, which affected traffic lights on major Santo Domingo thoroughfares, causing chaos and 3-hour delays, according to sources.
The country’s Emergency Operations Center (COE) declared a state of alert for as many as 22 Dominican provinces, three of which – including the capital – are facing red-alert status.
The organization warned of possible flash floods in cities and rural areas, as well as mudslides and overflows in rivers and streams.
As many as 50 homes have been affected by the rains, causing some 104 residents to seek refuge with relatives and friends.
In addition, two bridges were damaged and a couple of towns remain incommunicated.
The Santo Domingo cable car, which opened in May, announced a suspension of activities due to the weather conditions and electric utility Ededur said that 17 of its 208 circuits have been damaged, mainly affecting Santo Domingo and the southeastern city of San Cristobal.
The weather service said that downpours, electric storms and a few gusts of wind will continue for the next 24-36 hours, particularly in the east and center of the country.