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Local businesses hit severely by ‘never before seen’ flash flood

People’s Shoe Store seen having a sale on items affected by flood waters. Photo: VINO
Bobby’s Supermarket was also badly affected but that did not stop them from opening up their doors for business yesterday August 10, 2017. Photo: VINO
Bobby’s Supermarket was also badly affected but that did not stop them from opening up their doors for business yesterday August 10, 2017. Photo: VINO
Water and Sewerage Department workers cleaning a manhole at the bottom of Joe's Hill yesterday August 10, 2017. Photo: VINO
Water and Sewerage Department workers cleaning a manhole at the bottom of Joe's Hill yesterday August 10, 2017. Photo: VINO
Public Works Department clearing the badly damaged Joe's Hill Road yesterday August 10, 2017. Photo: VINO
Public Works Department clearing the badly damaged Joe's Hill Road yesterday August 10, 2017. Photo: VINO
This vehicle was apparently swept off the parking area at UP's Cineplex by rushing waters. Photo: VINO
This vehicle was apparently swept off the parking area at UP's Cineplex by rushing waters. Photo: VINO
A landslide on Joe's Hill took out a utility pole and damaged a section of this apartment building. Photo: VINO
A landslide on Joe's Hill took out a utility pole and damaged a section of this apartment building. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola VI – Following the flash flood on Monday August 7, 2017 into Tuesday August 8, 2017, that caused severe losses and damages throughout the Road Town area on the main island of Tortola, businesses are counting their losses and having insurance assessments carried out to file claims.

It was a sight of devastation and sadness on the faces of business owners and staff as they were cleaning and trying to salvage what they could from the flood.

Bolo’s hard hit

Our newsroom was reliably informed that Bolo’s Department Store suffered a “massive loss” to the lower section of the building, adding that they are currently assessing the damages to report to their insurance company.

Bolo’s Department Store will remain closed as cleaning efforts are still taking place, a source from the business establishment stated.

“We cleaned & we cleaned…”

Bobby’s Supermarket was also badly affected but that did not stop it from opening up its doors for business yesterday August 10, 2017.

According to a store clerk, the supermarket was filled with thick muddy water when workers turned up for work on Tuesday August 8, 2017.

“We cleaned and we cleaned and it was like we were never going to finish because it had so much mud throughout the supermarket. Eventually, we got most of the muddy water out but we are still cleaning as you can still see some of the residue on the floor.”

Sales!

People’s Shoe Store, along with many other stores, was seen having a sale on items that were affected by the flooding waters.

Royal Cell was open but information reaching our news site was that it lost 80 percent of its products.

While the majority of the businesses in Road Town are open to customers, they are currently assessing damages to report to their various insurance companies.

Unanimously, business owners agreed that this is the worst flooding they have ever seen and it is going to take a while before things can go back to normal. They also stated that it is going to be very expensive to repair what was damaged.

Meanwhile, Public Works Department and the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) have been working to address pocket areas where roads have been blocked or without electricity.

10 Responses to “Local businesses hit severely by ‘never before seen’ flash flood”

  • up town (11/08/2017, 12:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The cost is enless
  • E. Leonard (11/08/2017, 13:16) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    The historic flooding on 07 August 2017 resulting from heavy rain that inundated the territory, especially Tortola, will be remembered in the annals of history as a Black Letter Day. The heavy rain probably ranged between a 100- and 500-year rain event. As such, given the intensity and duration of the rain event, flooding and damages would have occurred. The best that could be expected is if mitigations were put in place to lessen the impact. It isn't not practical nor affordable to put the infrastructure in place to totally prevent the damages from this major type of rain event. The territory seemed to have suffered significant damages and is in a recovery phase. As the damages are assessed, it needs to look at potential lessons that can be learnt in regards to the drain system.

    Is the VI a member of Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)? And if so what is CDEMA in regards to to recovery and relief? Though the disaster is a painful setback for the territory economically, it may be a lesson and opportunity for the need of better drainage system design, conatruction and design. Proper drainage is critical to the effective funtioning, maintaining the structural integrity and maintaining the sustainability of the road infrastructure. From my vantage point, suggest looking at installing a drainage pump station(s) on Wickhams Cay/Road Town. A major rain event as just occurred, coupled with high, will present a hydraulic restriction that will cause flood waters to stack up stream, resulting in flooding.
  • Government (11/08/2017, 14:06) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    Wickedness in Tortola.
  • Jack B Nimble. (11/08/2017, 14:28) Like (1) Dislike (14) Reply
    Rain will always fall. So happens to fall on August 7th. Rain doesn't have a special day to fall. I think it was hasty and without proper consideration to cancel all Festival events. Tonight Friday and tomorrow Saturday Festival should have continue and ends in Road town...
    • Really? (11/08/2017, 15:46) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      People are still trying to clean up this mess, and all you worried about is Fete... They had a right to cancel all festivities, because I bet the show rate would have been extremely low at this point.
      • Truth (11/08/2017, 17:13) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
        They need to cancel the churches this weekend as well and have all those people do something useful with their time
  • Ralph (11/08/2017, 15:44) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    In October 2010, we were hit just as hard as this. For those who did not live here, this is their first time seeing damage like this, but not for us who have had to deal with it before. Josiah's Bay was then and even now hit really hard all the way to the beach. I hope everyone recovers from this too.
    • Me (11/08/2017, 21:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes Ralph, 2010 was bad too but I think this is worst
    • True (12/08/2017, 12:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      It was bad then too, but as a island wide disaster, this has more damage. Especially, the landslides as more houses and businesses are being built from gouged out land, reclaimed land, etc compromising the Earth and the stability. We have a lot of inexperienced contractors who don't know what they are doing and when Mother Nature calls, man's mistakes will come to light.
  • Wickedness (11/08/2017, 17:00) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    every time NDP in we get flood


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