Altos de Chavon

Rainy Days: The Chavón River is flooded!

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Today I woke up and it was sunny! I was so thrilled I bounced out of bed and took the dog for a nice walk in the sunshine, “here comes the sun,” I thought and all memories and thoughts of the last few rainy days disappeared – until I arrived to Altos de Chavón and was greeted by the sight of the Rio Chavón flooded. 

Following more than a week of heavy rain, the entire island of Hispaniola (the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic) has experienced wide-spread flooding, land slides and in some areas bridges and roads have even been damaged – but thankfully Casa de Campo and the surrounding areas of La Romana and Bayahibe have largely not seen any damaging effects.

So to actually be able to see proof of just how much rain has come down over the last few days/week is both surprising and fascinating. According to Margarito (the man who looks after Altos de Chavón donkey, also called Margarito), at 7am this morning, the river was so flooded that the trees now visible in the photos here were completely submerged. By the time I arrived and started snapping photos at 9am it seems the flooding was already subsiding.

It does rain rather a lot here, but it is unusual to see the Chavón River flooded, according to Philip Silvestri, who has been living here since the dawn of time (or almost), the last time he saw the river this flooded was in 2006 after heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Hanna – click here to see his photos of that!

The flooded Chavón River in black and white, by Philip Silvestri

For those of you fascinated by the rain, flooding etc, here are a few more photos:

All these photos were taken this morning, Tuesday the 7th of June at 9am.

It’s hurricane season, but there is no hurricane – so what has caused all this rain?

It is Hurricane season or rather Tropical Cyclone season, but the cause of this rain has been an area of ‘low pressure’ which has been hovering in this area for more than a week and it is this area of low pressure, which has been causing endless storms and a lot of rain. Fortunately, the area of low pressure has not formed into a Tropical Cyclone, meaning that it is not moving in a circular fashion and therefore is not likely to develop into a Tropical Depression, Storm or Hurricane. Unfortunately, this also means that this area of ‘low pressure’ (i.e storms and rain) is not moving – so that is what causes endless days of rain!

According to the Oficina Nacional de Meteorología (ONAMET), the Dominican office of weather, torrential rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue for at least the next 48 hours and the area of low pressure has a 30% chance of developing into a Tropical Cyclone.

CONFUSED? To read my guide to the Hurricane season and descriptions of what Tropical Cyclones, Depressions, Storms and Hurricanes are, click here!

So for us here in Casa de Campo, that means it’s going to keep raining until at least Thursday, so if like me you have a dog to walk – take advantage of when it’s not raining to get out walking! Of course with the Dewars 12 Golf Tournament, rumored to be being hosted by a group of Victoria Secrets Models taking place this weekend – we should all be praying that the rain will stop, underwear models in rain coats is not what I imagine the golfers were hoping for!

P.S It’s not all rain and gloom – here’s a photo I took whilst walking Leila on the Teeth of the Dog in the early morning sun!

UPDATE, Tuesday June 7th – 2pm: The flooding has already completely gone and the sun is out again 

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