|Storm Clouds over St. Lucia, November 18th 2010 (photo Teige LaBorde)|
|Bois d'Orange car park flooded Nov 18th, St. Lucia (Colette Stayers-McDermott)|
|Clouds sit on hills near Baywalk Mall, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia (Finola Prescott)|
It wasn't long after that news came that Quatre Chimen, where Livity Arts Studio and the Thomas family were lost in a massive landslide, slid again and closed that road. In reality, it's been sliding a bit every day, and every day, the crews go and clear it up so traffic can pass. But this slide was a bit bigger.
Later I heard Ladera's hillside had also slid and blocked the road south of Soufriere and one or two of the massive boulders that are held in the mud had slid there too. And again, the road crews had that road passable by day's end too.
Castries of course flooded in no time at all - much to everyone's frustration. And Bexon river flooded early up too.
|Castries Flooded November 18th 2010 - frustrating people (photo Teige La Borde)|
Finally the order came for evacuation for that area - now 3 weeks after Tomas, it's sinking in that Bexon is dangerous - the mud still remains up to the road height and so the massively increased river has nowhere to flow...except for once again, through people's houses and lives.
In fact that was what struck me yesterday and today - as it poured down again today - the soil was so thoroughly soaked by those 23+ inches that fell 3 weeks ago that the rain has no-where to go, the soil is full, floods are instant, landslips continuing.
So yes, thanks everyone for all your help so far - many have been fed and many have received clothes and temporary shelter. But as we struggle here to turn around the muddy mess and get back to school, back to life, we are still just a few drops away from more tragedy and more loss. So, please keep your support coming - we have a serious struggle ahead of us this Christmas season.
And for those booked to come visit us, yes, many hotels are open - and many attractions - apparently the new (old) road into the Soufriere Volcano adds a little excitement to that attraction :-) and bridges in many parts of the island are in various states of repair and dispair...but we are open for business, and we do have sights to see, and if you are up to a bit of an adventure...we do need the support for real. As I've said before, come prepared for a bit of a different Caribbean holiday and come prepared to spend some money in the local economy - it's a lifeblood for many.
And spare a thought for us in the coming days - most weather forecasts say we're in for more rain...not sure where we'll put it, I suspect every bucket and rain-barrel is full right now. So Lucians, hunker down and don't get blase - keep safe, and don't do like that idiot in the video - swimming in Castries flood waters...it ain't rainwater, it's garbage soup! Nasty stuff - don't play in flood waters children (of all ages)!
I'm thinking I might have to take the middle word out of the title of this blog...in temporary protest...what you think?