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Horse races cancelled, VI a disaster; collapsed roads, flooded homes, businesses

A retaining wall collapses at Zion Hill crushing this vehicle. However, no injuries have been reported but the road remains impassible to vehicles. VINO/Team of Reporters
Scenes from the Flooding in Road Town and other low lying areas in the Virgin Islands between last evening August 7, 2017 and this morning August 8, 2017. Photo: VINO/Team of Reporters
Scenes from the Flooding in Road Town and other low lying areas in the Virgin Islands between last evening August 7, 2017 and this morning August 8, 2017. Photo: VINO/Team of Reporters
Scenes from the Flooding in Road Town and other low lying areas in the Virgin Islands between last evening August 7, 2017 and this morning August 8, 2017. Photo: VINO/Team of Reporters
Scenes from the Flooding in Road Town and other low lying areas in the Virgin Islands between last evening August 7, 2017 and this morning August 8, 2017. Photo: VINO/Team of Reporters
The aftermath of the heavy flooding in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/Team of Reporters
The aftermath of the heavy flooding in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/Team of Reporters
The aftermath of the heavy flooding in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/Team of Reporters
The aftermath of the heavy flooding in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/Team of Reporters
The aftermath of the heavy flooding in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/Team of Reporters
The aftermath of the heavy flooding in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/Team of Reporters
Scenes from the Flooding in Road Town and other low lying areas in the Virgin Islands between last evening August 7, 2017 and this morning August 8, 2017. Photo: VINO/Team of Reporters
Scenes from the Flooding in Road Town and other low lying areas in the Virgin Islands between last evening August 7, 2017 and this morning August 8, 2017. Photo: VINO/Team of Reporters
Scenes from the Flooding in Road Town and other low lying areas in the Virgin Islands between last evening August 7, 2017 and this morning August 8, 2017. Photo: VINO/Team of Reporters
Scenes from the Flooding in Road Town and other low lying areas in the Virgin Islands between last evening August 7, 2017 and this morning August 8, 2017. Photo: VINO/Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While Government Officials are not saying much outside of a brief statement from Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), which was not widely circulated, the situation on the ground on Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost van Dyke is a 'nightmare'.

The Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in a statement, has urged residents to be their ‘brother's keeper’.

With over 24 hours of persistent rainfall, the Virgin Islands (VI) is now a disaster zone. Residents throughout the British Overseas Territory have reported flooded homes in every village on Tortola, Virgin Gorda and some on Jost van Dyke.

In addition, many businesses in Road Town and the adjacent areas, along with a few in Virgin Gorda, have been flooded with thousands of dollars in damages, loss of goods and repairs that will be needed on buildings.

Roads collapsed, poor drainage

Roads throughout Tortola and Virgin Gorda have been flooded while many secondary roads on the main Island of Tortola have collapsed making driving impossible and dangerous.

The poor drainage system on Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost van Dyke has caused most of the roads to be undermined as the water has no place to go which also contributed to the devastating flooding of homes and businesses.

Many of the main roads on Tortola and Virgin Gorda are covered with mud, water, rocks, fallen trees and blocked by damaged cars that have been moved by pouring ghuts.

Some residents have lost their cars and homes due to them being covered with water, trees and mud falling on them along with landslides.

The roads from Road Town to Fish Bay on Tortola are almost impossible to traverse and the many homes in Purcell Estate and Capoon's Bay have been flooded out with some residents seeking shelter with family and friends.

No power in most areas

Many residents have lost power from yesterday evening August 7, 2017 and the BVI Electricity Corporation is doing its best to restore power to residents and businesses.

Virgin Gorda's Lee Road is covered with water and the area by Speedy's next to Fishers's Cove has been covered with water, rocks and mud, according to eyewitnesses. Jost van Dyke received its share of landslides, fallen rocks and trees, blocked roads, as well as, flooding in low lying areas.

Anegada is covered with water with about two reports of flooding as of press time.

No loss of life

To date, there has been no loss of life from the disaster facing the Territory and it is unclear whether the National Emergency mechanism has been kicked into gear.

The BVI Disaster Management Head Ms Sharleen S. DaBreo declined to comment when our newsroom approached her via Whatapp for a statement on the current situation.

Some businesses like grocery stores, hotels and restaurants have managed to open their doors to the public despite the treacherous conditions.

Downs will not see the running of the races

Meanwhile, due to the state of the Roads and the racetrack itself, the annual August Tuesday Horse races scheduled for today, August 8, 2017 has been cancelled according to Roy E. Barry of the Horse Owner's Committee. A new date in this month is expected to be announced shortly.

Flash Flood warning extended until 2:00 PM today August 8, 2017

According to the most recent weather advisory which has been issued from the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services, Flash Flood warning has been extended for the Territory until 2:00 PM today August 8, 2017 for all low lying and flood prone areas.

The weather advisory further advised all residents of those areas to remain in a safe location until waters have subsided. Residents are also urged not to traverse through areas where flood waters remain elevated.

Our news room will keep the public updated on the serious disaster facing the Territory.

 

28 Responses to “Horse races cancelled, VI a disaster; collapsed roads, flooded homes, businesses”

  • wize up (08/08/2017, 13:11) Like (31) Dislike (4) Reply
    Some serious rain; haven't witnessed such rain water in few years......material things can be replaced stay indoors and be safe
  • Sawda (08/08/2017, 13:30) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    Wow Wow we need or 7×7×7×7 millions to help our tax payers,this is beyond pressure for our people..
  • Windy (08/08/2017, 13:39) Like (19) Dislike (23) Reply
    my god the sins of the government father god is speaking to us
  • 911 (08/08/2017, 13:45) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    look trouble for me this is worse than hurricane George back in the days
    • wize up (08/08/2017, 14:03) Like (33) Dislike (5) Reply
      @ 911: and this was only rain what could happen should a hurricane pass this way: our infrastructure needs to be upgraded in this place and stop giving away the people tax money before ensuring the people of this territory are safe(just saying)......
      • stop (08/08/2017, 14:50) Like (17) Dislike (10) Reply

        Stop talking s$$t. When mother nature sends her wrath aint s$$t you can build to stop it. How di you stop a raging landslide? Build big nets territory wide? It rained like hell ALL DAY, no lost of life, be thankful.

        • BE SMART (08/08/2017, 15:40) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
          The person is being logical, proper drainage could have prevented and lighten the effects
    • Hugo too (08/08/2017, 15:21) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yup, mud and landslides is a boss.
  • Governor address before you leave (08/08/2017, 14:29) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    where is the 30 Million Mark spent on roads????
  • d3 (08/08/2017, 14:36) Like (16) Dislike (25) Reply

    We need a snap election. As we can see Fraser was smart in building the orange wall. Many bashed him for wasting money. Look at it it still stands and I can get to my home. We need More like Fraser.

  • Interested (08/08/2017, 14:43) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Reminds me of the 2003 flood.That one however did not have all the treacherous lightning strikes.
  • spanish (08/08/2017, 14:55) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    SO SAD.
  • ABC (08/08/2017, 16:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its really a mess
  • qc (08/08/2017, 17:04) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    the power of God and mother nature
  • helloooo (08/08/2017, 17:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Anegada! The safest place to be. Not sure about the reported flooding but the water just run off in some areas. God help us though with the mosquito in a few days.
  • Weather man (08/08/2017, 17:15) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dancia said this rainfall happens every 50 years. It seems to be happening every 5 to 10 years from my observation..... 2003, 2007, now this....
  • Dejavu (08/08/2017, 17:39) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank God for life. Jesus take the wheel!
  • enough is enough (08/08/2017, 18:08) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    To much wickedness and killing tola is not lucky anymore the thing start.
  • X-Man (08/08/2017, 18:41) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Someone ran into a light pole by me since yesterday. No lights or water Electricity riding around in company trucks making sure there family can get water from the store and whatever else they need. An to think people still concern about Parade this,MY little country is in a disaster. Government workers should be all over. Unless they're waiting on the National Guard
  • Sage (08/08/2017, 19:07) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    we need the right person to lead us through this danger.
  • Take Heed (08/08/2017, 19:19) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Years of NDP and VIP making strategic mistakes with our infrastructure .
  • Take this seriously BVI... (08/08/2017, 21:17) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Flood insurance
  • STOP SPITE FRASER (08/08/2017, 22:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    CLEAN THE GHUT BY THE TRACK
  • lodger (09/08/2017, 09:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Isnt this the sort of event the Royal Navy are supposed to assist with? They were just here with lots of disaster equipment. Have we called them back?
  • Just wondering (09/08/2017, 10:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is that UK navy ship that was here a few days ago that is supposed to lend us a helping hand during a crisis like this?? We need their help now.
    • Onourown (09/08/2017, 12:40) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      We dont need no help from them. That is what they were here doing. Putting the pillets in the sky to drown us so we can.call for their help. No send them go long. Where is the.one who said he was staying.to wuk up? He wuk up the sky and he gone. Them always want to see us perish but yet we rise.


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