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VI hit by heavy rainfall & flooding; Power outage on 3 islands

- Heavy flooding of businesses & homes on Tortola, Virgin Gorda & Jost van Dyke
An impassable road at Belle Vue, Tortola earlier today, July 13, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
A flooded road at Fish Bay, Tortola today, July 13, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
A flooded road at Fish Bay, Tortola today, July 13, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
A flooded parking lot at Central Administration Complex today, July 13, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
A flooded parking lot at Central Administration Complex today, July 13, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
A fallen utility pole in the Belle Vue area of Tortola today, July 13, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
A fallen utility pole in the Belle Vue area of Tortola today, July 13, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
The state of a road on Tortola today, July 13, 2017 following heavy rainfall. Photo: Team of Reporters
The state of a road on Tortola today, July 13, 2017 following heavy rainfall. Photo: Team of Reporters
Fallen rocks along the road to Cane Garden Bay, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Fallen rocks along the road to Cane Garden Bay, Tortola. Photo: VINO
A flooded road at Brewers Bay, Tortola today, July 13, 2017. Photo: VINO
A flooded road at Brewers Bay, Tortola today, July 13, 2017. Photo: VINO
A ghut gushes water along Brewers Bay Hill today, July 13, 2017. Photo: VINO
A ghut gushes water along Brewers Bay Hill today, July 13, 2017. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It started around 8:30 PM on Wednesday night July 12, 2017 and never let up until about 8:30 AM, today Thursday July 13, 2017.

The Virgin Islands experienced heavy rainfall all over; flooding homes and businesses and public roads in parts of Tortola and Virgin Gorda, and of course, heavy thunder and lightning that could make a big man or woman’s heart quiver.

Electrical Power was also off on Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost van Dyke. Anegada, which has an independent source of electricity that is not on the Tortola grid, was not affected.

The Acting Governor, Mrs Rosalie Adams had advise the public to stay indoors until at least 10:00 A.M. to allow the BVI Electricity Corporation and the Public Works Department (PWD) to clear roads and restore power.

She also asked Civil Servants to report to work at 12:00 noon today, July 13, 2017.

However, this advisory came too late and many in the private sector, statutory bodies and civil servants had already reported to work and commerce in the capital city, Road Town was up and running, with restaurants and shops opened.

Tortola

The main island of Tortola experienced heavy rainfall, thunder, lightning and flooding. Some residents on the hillside of Tortola and others on the low laying areas reported flooding in their homes and businesses; however, there are no reports of persons being evacuated or moved to higher grounds.

There have been reports of falling trees, rocks and electrical poles in some areas, with landslides in others, as every ghut poured water, mud, rocks and garbage into the sea. Some secondary roads were impassable as they were blocked by rocks and other debris; however, the main roads from West End to Road Town and from East End (over the hill) to Road Town are also accessible.

In some areas of Tortola, water and cable are off and many summer camps have been cancelled, leaving parents to spend the day with their children, who would have otherwise been at a summer camp.

In many areas of Road Town and many villages outside the capital city, there are pools of water on the road and in some public areas, which have made parking difficult.

Electrical Power has been returned to most areas as of publication time.

Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda seems to have been hit with the heaviest rains. They also reportedly heard the loudest sounds of thunder. They experienced heavy flooding and Lee Road in the capital city, Valley, is covered with pools of water.

Some of the low lying homes and businesses have reported flooding; however, there have been no reports of evacuation. The water is said to be receding slowly. 

Electrical power is still off on Virgin Gorda and is expected to be resorted before the day is over. There have also been secondary roads where trees and landslides have affected driving, but PWD is expected to clear up those areas today.

Some businesses have opened and there are ferry services by Speedy’s between Tortola and Virgin Gorda; however, it remains unclear if other schedule events and activities have been affected.

Jost van Dyke

There has not been much reported on the sister island of Jost van Dyke as they also experienced heavy rainfall and electrical power outage. There have been some minor landslides and pools of water in some areas, and water running on roads. 

For the most part, things appear to be normal but there was flooding reported by a few residents living in low lying areas.

Anegada

Anegada is the one sister island that escaped the brunt of the bad weather. They are the only island that did not lose electrical power but experienced pools of water in most areas. The normally slow island is back to normal, according to reports.

Weather Update

Meanwhile, at around noon today, the rain subsided but heavy cloud cover remained.

According to the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), as a weak tropical wave gradually moves away from the Leewards and continues to linger across the Virgin Islands, lingering moisture could still maintain a moderate chance for some shower activity across the Leewards today and diminish into tonight.

DDM stated however, that across the VI, the wave will continue to be enhanced by an upper level trough "thus maintaining a high chance for heavy showers and thunderstorms today, gradually diminishing into tonight."

18 Responses to “VI hit by heavy rainfall & flooding; Power outage on 3 islands”

  • Just saying (13/07/2017, 12:39) Like (14) Dislike (11) Reply
    Father god coming for his world
    • way maker, you are here in our midst (13/07/2017, 14:55) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
      SEE THE SIGNS:

      SINACH | WAY MAKER - YouTube
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4XWfwLHeLM

  • JYD (13/07/2017, 12:42) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a warning of what to come for the rest of the season time for DDM and Government to educate the nation on how to prevent heavy damages during this times by trimming trees the over hang the roads and are resting on the power lines that can cause them heavy expenditure.So can we get the public home and land owners to get cracking and lets prevent a situation by cutting trees that can cause more damage than we want (give some of us that are unemployed the jobs for 3 weeks under who ever is responsible to get it done)
  • LOL (13/07/2017, 12:52) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    signs my god is a livin god.
  • RasAllah (13/07/2017, 13:09) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    just one NOAH FLOOD will bring everything into perspective. Look to the SUN of The Most High. As above, So below. Live within the Balance of Mother Earth, or we will ALL experience it's Wrath.
  • ann (13/07/2017, 13:10) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    that was weather for leather last night mehson
  • Lord O No early warning (13/07/2017, 13:11) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
    Now we getting, heavy rain and wind and flashfloods warning.. When all of us done wash away..and the system done pass.... We get no early warning... The more we spend millions to modernized and update and upgrade the more it seems like we are just wasting tax payers money..
  • both (13/07/2017, 13:39) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    Ms. Titley-Oneal and Town Planning are on the right track. Who don't hear and see, and who don't get involve in the conversation with the importance of preserving and protecting our environment for future geneartions of the BVI- "are enemies of our progress" (just like the NDP) and supporting the downfall of us ALL.
  • vgman (13/07/2017, 14:06) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    vg need our own power plant just like anegada
    • concern (13/07/2017, 16:10) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agree - this should have happened YEARS ago. Why Virgin Gordians have to suffer with Tortolians when we didn't receive as much damage
  • vip (13/07/2017, 15:05) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    let there be rain
  • wize up (13/07/2017, 15:40) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Did a proclamation went out; that we will have no more power outages (I am just asking)
  • ndp (13/07/2017, 17:03) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Let there be money to fix damage roads so we can peddle back and fill we pockets.

  • Just like foy (13/07/2017, 18:15) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Some of you all hypocrits need to take a hike with this god talk
  • @just like foy (13/07/2017, 20:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    You Just like the hypocrites. they use to call the people that proclaim Jesus christ is God hypocrites. Thieves know thieves . That's why we judge each other.
  • E. Leonard (14/07/2017, 20:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The prolonged rain event seemed to have lingered around continuously for approximately 12 hours (8:30 pm to 8:30 am). How much rain fell during the 12 hour period? Was the rain a 100-year rain? If it were a 100-year rain, it would probably have overwhelm the drainage system. Thus, the resulting damages. Not affordable to protect against all rain events. Design for what is affordable and hope for the best for larger rain events Nonetheless, the drainage system should be designed to safely handle runoff from frequent rain events, 2-, 5-, 10- or 25-year rains.


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