Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hurricane Tomas - Updates for Thursday 4th November


Today Thursday, Hurricane Tomas relief efforts are well underway in St. Lucia; phone access to many parts of the island has been restored, relief is getting into the affected areas of the island…there is still the lion’s share to be done.
So I will try just to stick to the facts and give you helpful info so you can help and be helped!
First Fact: SOUFRIERE town and Fond St. Jacques has power restored!!! Canaries too, also in the north; Marc to Ravine Poisson and Sarrot, Trois Piton, Debarras, Parts of Choiseul, Banse, and other parts of Laborie – estimated 90% of island has been restored.
Roseau Dam – still cannot be accessed but Wasco and Lucelec flew in yesterday to assess.
Still extensive work to be done in replacing poles, lines, etc that have been dragged away by landslides. Union Sub-Station not restored yet.
WATER EMERGENCY declared - efforts are underway to ensure water supplies including considering importing water from Dominica and considering donation(s) of desalination equipment
TRAVEL TO ST. LUCIA
At this time, there are flights to St. Lucia, it would seem that persons of all nationalities can now come, but check with your airline. LIAT is providing shuttle flights from the International Airport in the South (Hewanorra) to George Charles Airport in Vigie as the roads are still only partially fixed. I do not know at this point if this is a separate cost - please check your airline.
IF YOU DECIDE TO VISIT - First let me say, in my opinion, we need our tourism sector to function as mush as is possible - the island, myself included, rely very much on tourism for our income. Soufriere will not be up and functioning for a while, but the north is in pretty good shape BUT please come prepared to be considerate with your water usage as we do have a Water Emergency declared which means we don't wash cars, don't water gardens (unless with rain water or gray water) and we wash clothes conservatively, take showers conservatively. If you can handle that - great - we'd love to see you! And please come with plenty spending money and buy local!
MISSING PERSONS
Persons looking for relatives they have not been able to contact should call the Red Cross on 758 520 8877 or 748 452 5582. You need to give the following info:
Your full name
Your phone number
Your relationship to them
Full name and nickname (better known as) of the person you are looking for,
Where they live – as specific as you can be
AID FROM OVERSEAS
From the USA – Tropical Shipping is discussing special arrangements to ship barrels .We will update later on exactly how to do this but in the meantime -
You can also send boxes via FedEx, DHL, UPS – include phone # 452 5582 for Red Cross, 468 2126 for NEMO
You need to address them either to
NEMO, Bisee, Castries, St. Lucia, or
St. Lucia Red Cross, Vigie, St. Lucia
These, I believe, will come in DUTY FREE - I will confirm later, exact details
LOCAL DONATIONS COLLECTIONS
Supermarkets have collection points – Super-J, (Rodney Heights, Rodney Bay mall, Gablewoods), MegaJ, GL Food Market Baywalk Mall.
(decent) Clothing and goods not bought from the supermarkets can be dropped off tomorrow at the corner of the old CafĂ© Claude Building – it’s painted yellow and someone will be there from 8:30 am – on the corner at the end of the road by Baywalk – the one with all the speedbumps.
Please give/send:
Dry foods
Canned foods, canned milk, canned juice
Clothing – decent quality clothes and shoes
Diapers/sanitary napkins
Wet wipes
Paper Towels
Thermometers
buckets, airtight container
Ventolin
Roofing Materials – not tarps, real roofing, nails etc
Solar chargers – for phones, etc
4WD Vehicles – if you are in St. Lucia and have – please contact the Red Cross – if the come with a driver all the better.
Generator for Soufriere Fishermans Co-op 6.5KW Portable is preferable. (our electricity is 240V 50Hz)
We will update the list as we get confirmed needs requests.
MONETARY DONATIONS
St. Lucia Red Cross, First Caribbean International Bank, Bridge St. Castries, A/C # 2645392
Beneficiary Bank: First Caribbean Int’l Bank
Bank Swift Code: FCIBLCLC

Swift codes for Intermediary Banks for funds coming in the following
currencies:

USD Wachovia Bank N.Y, SWIFT: PNBPUS3NNYC, ABA: 026005092
GBP BARCLAYS BANK, SWIFT: BARCGB22
EURO KBC BAN, SWIFT: KREDBEBB
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TOCO - one of our St. Lucian musicians who is linking up with local efforts 

The Annual St. Lucia Bill Fishing Tournament prize-giving took place last night at the Rodney Bay Marina, and after a short plea for support from Les Hewitt,  PRIZE MONEY amounting to   over EC$12,000 (about US$4,500) was handed over on the spot to help the victims of Tomas. Thanks!


ACCESS
The Barre de l’Isle is now open FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES only – aid vehicles included.
Access from Vieux Fort to Choiseul is cleared.
You can get to Canaries – again only EMERGENCY traffic is advised
FORECAST FOR SAINT LUCIA VALID FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
WINDS.....EASTERLY NEAR 16 MPH OR 26 KM/H.  
WEATHER...CLOUDY AT TIMES WITH SHOWERS THIS MORNING BECOMING GENERALLY FAIR LATER TODAY.
MARINE FORECAST FOR SEAS IN A 25 MILE OR 40 KM RADIUS FROM ST. LUCIA.
TIDES FOR CASTRIES HARBOUR....LOW AT 6:17 A.M...HIGH TIDE AT 12:47 P.M.
TIDES FOR VIEUX FORT BAY......LOW AT 7:44 A.M...HIGH TIDE AT 1:54 P.M.
SEAS...SLIGHT TO MODERATE WITH WAVES UP TO 6 FEET OR  1.8 METRES.
OUTLOOK FOR THE LESSER ANTILLES.
APART FROM SOME CLOUDY PERIODS WITH SHOWERS IT WILL BE GENERALLY FAIR.
WEATHER OUTLOOK.
UNSTABLE CONDITIONS IN THE LOWER ATMOSPHERE WILL CAUSE SOME SHOWER TO DEVELOP OVER THE REGION.

Beautiful Sunset yesterday over Rodney Bay
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