Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call + 1 284 346-6397 or 393-6397 or 1-284-494-1338-office; ads call 440-6666                               Tune into CBN-Telv chan 51 @ 6:00am; 12:00noon; 6:30pm & 10:00pm for Daily Caribbean News updates from Nevis; St. kitts; Dominica; St. Maarten & Barbados: CBN- keeps you connected to the rest of the World

90% of RT businesses flooded, losses may reach Millions; EE Fete cancelled

Local businesses hired clearing crews to move stocks from ground floor and basements in an attempt to save them from being further damaged, while pumping out water. Photo: Team of Reporters
Craft Alive experienced flooding in Road Town. Many business people spent today, cleaning out their businesses, many clothing stores in Road Town sold some of their stocks. Photo: Team of Reporters
Craft Alive experienced flooding in Road Town. Many business people spent today, cleaning out their businesses, many clothing stores in Road Town sold some of their stocks. Photo: Team of Reporters
Crew cleaning up in Pasea. Public Works crews as well as private heavy equipment operators have been out cleaning roads and moving abandon vehicles, mud, rocks, tress, garbage and other debris from roadways. Photo: Team of Reporters
Crew cleaning up in Pasea. Public Works crews as well as private heavy equipment operators have been out cleaning roads and moving abandon vehicles, mud, rocks, tress, garbage and other debris from roadways. Photo: Team of Reporters
FirstBank was among several Road Town businesses that was flooded. Losses for businesses may reach millions. Photo: Team of Reporters
FirstBank was among several Road Town businesses that was flooded. Losses for businesses may reach millions. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As residents woke up today Tuesday August 8, 2017 to make assessments of homes, businesses, state-owned facilities and churches, the devastation is real and the damages are overwhelming.

Many of the businesses from Fish Bay to Prospect Reef on Tortola, including Bars and Restaurants, Night Clubs, Car Dealerships, Churches, Commercial Buildings, Gas Stations, Malls, Insurances Businesses, food shops, Law Firms, Craft Alive, some three banks and even food vans have been flooded and damaged by the 24 hours of heavy rains.

Millions in losses & damages

Many business owners spent today cleaning out their businesses. Meanwhile, many clothing stores in Road Town, owned by local Middle Eastern Residents, sold some of their stock items at a reduced rate that might have been damaged, as well as, some vendors at Craft Alive.

In addition, other local businesses hired clearing crews to move stocks from ground floors and basements in an attempt to save them from being further damaged. While pumping out water, others had to solicit help from staff and even the Fire and Rescue Services to address their own severe flooding in some cases where files, chairs, papers and dry goods were affected.

The losses of items by business owners are "real", one businessman speaking to our newsroom who did not want his name to be used said, and the "damage to Road Town businesses could be in the Millions”.

Items damaged includes, clothes, shoes, food stuffs, dry goods, tools, chairs, desks, computers, souvenirs, jewelries, bags, cosmetics and stationeries.

No fete in East End tonight

Meanwhile, the East End Long Look Festival Sub-Committee has announced that all events scheduled for tonight Tuesday August 8, 2017 has been cancelled. However, they are expected to continue with the Wednesday morning Rise and Shine Tramp which is to get underway as early as 3:00 A.M. tomorrow morning Wednesday August 9, 2017.

Public Works crew, as well as, private heavy equipment operators have been out cleaning roads and moving abandoned vehicles, mud, rocks, trees, garbage and other debris from roadways to allow traffic to flow, on Tortola and Virgin Gorda while the BVI Electricity Corporation has managed to restore power to at least 50 percent of residents and businesses.

Water is still off in most parts on Tortola and Virgin Gorda, according to the state-owned Water and Sewerage Department. This is due to damaged water main lines and other technical issues. It is unclear when water, which has been a serious challenge before the weather situation, will be restored.

Homeless residents?

Many residents still face flooding of homes, cars and boats and there have been confirmed reports to our newsroom of homelessness in about two communities of about less than ten residents. However, those in need have sought help from family and friends and have not relied on the State for shelter.

Out of the four islands, Tortola has been hit the hardest, then Virgin Gorda, followed by Jost van Dyke. Anegada, although it experienced heavy rains, has remained relativity without any major damage.

Premier Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) has made appearances on one local AM Radio station. However, with power still off in some communities, his message was not heard in all areas of the Territory.

Governor John S. Duncan OBE whereabouts is unknown, however, long-time public officer and Financial Services Commission boss Dr. Robert A. Mathavious has been named acting Governor and has been speaking to the public on the ongoing weather situation.

Weather update

According to the latest weather report from the BVI Disaster Management, the tropical wave and upper level low pressure system which affected the Territory on August 7 and 8, 2017, have moved away from the Territory. However, the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service’s latest forecast model runs indicate that lingering atmospheric moisture across the Virgin Islands could still trigger some passing moderate showers across the islands tomorrow morning. As a result, there is a 20 percent or slight chance of showers tonight and a 50 percent or moderate chance of showers tomorrow, Wednesday August 9, 2017.

 

13 Responses to “90% of RT businesses flooded, losses may reach Millions; EE Fete cancelled ”

  • Jaigon Jumbie (08/08/2017, 21:21) Like (33) Dislike (5) Reply
    This is craziness. Why on Gods earth in this time of national disaster, will EE/LL festival sub-committee still want to go ahead with a tramp. Do they not have any regards for some many who were affected. This kind of don't care attitude sends a bad message and the powers that be needs to step in now and stop this madness.
  • stfu (08/08/2017, 21:24) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply

    Seems like only VINO taking this thing that hit us serious...Millions is joke, what about damages to homes and we have not even look at schools yet!!!!

  • pat (08/08/2017, 21:29) Like (33) Dislike (8) Reply
    Well done VINO!! I hope the NDP help the people, see we need that $7 million right about now
  • wise up (09/08/2017, 02:02) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Would love to get a pict of the front door of the insurance company Thursday morning
  • up town (09/08/2017, 10:02) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is real i saw many of them for myself
  • ..... (09/08/2017, 11:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino its more like 100%
  • wize up (09/08/2017, 11:28) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    some of the same infrastructure issues I witness back in the 60s are still with us in 2017: i know weather is an act of nature but better attention need to be given as we seek to develop: we been plagued with the same issues for many many years:
  • tolaaa (09/08/2017, 12:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    NOW VENDORS. PLEASE DON'T HIKE YOUR PRICES. YOU'RE PRICES ARE WAY TO HIGH YOU NEED TO CUT (SONG)
  • SADDD (09/08/2017, 20:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    good time to get that 7 million dollars back from BVI AIRWAYS!!!!!!!
  • ausar (10/08/2017, 08:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Infrastructural development is key.

    Sadness and pain goes out to my parents' homeland-the Virgin Islands(UK)!

    We had similar rains here in the US Virgin Islands with no flooding whatsoever. Infrastructural development- proper drainage on the sides and under major highways is the reason.

    This is a very critical time for our government to realize that shoddy construction is no joke.

    Stop giving infrastructural contracts to neophytes and rookies because they're born here. Hire experts from wherever to tackle these problems!

    Allow some of your budding engineers to apprentice with Island Roads Corporation on St Thimas to learn the logistics of road building and let them come back home with proper skills to service the needs of this country!

    It rains in the Kingsom everyday! No flooding issues there-why here and we are an overseas territory.

    Let us get about the business of real "nation building" and get about the issues that truly sustains a nation- infrastructural development IN ALL ITS FORMS!
  • plantation (10/08/2017, 12:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i think that the government of tortola need to come together with the opposition in finalize how to spend the money and gives more young people the job ,let those old folks go home and rest.that country is getting more harder and harder


Create a comment


Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.

Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.