Port-A-Piment and The River That Runs Through

The town of Port-a-Piment in the Sud Department is one the municipalities where the Rivieres de Port a Piment goes through. There are about 13,900 people living in Port-a-Piment and they get affected when the river overflows. It is common for the river to cause floods during the rainy season. When it happens, the dirt roads become submerged, making it impossible for people to use them. Roads are often closed down when the river overflows.


It can be recalled that in 2011, two people were reported to have been swept away when the river overflowed. Around 70 families in the villages of Chantal and Corteaux were also affected by the disaster, which destroyed their homes. During that time, people were forced to relocate.

Originating from the department's mountainous highlands, the river usually creates floods during the wet season. Such incident has been attributed to soil erosion and sedimentation that are common in the area. The river calms down a little bit during the dry season but it does not mean that it becomes a temporary stream.

Rivieres de Port-a-Piment does not only run through the town of Port-a-Piment. There are other municipalities that surround it such as Grand Goave, Camp Perrid, Chantal, Les Cayes and Jean Rennel. Residents in Port-a-Piment are usually cautious of the river, especially during wet season because floods might damage their homes and affect their livelihood. River overflow also create road and traffic problems as roads become impassable, which also affect people's daily lives. These are the reasons why the Rivieres de Port-a-Piment can cause trouble for residents.

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