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VI under flash flood watch; homes & cars flooded, ghuts down!

- Some residents under distress due to flooding and possibly losing their cars
Flooding outside Delta Petroleum in Pasea Estate. Photo: Team of Reporters
Ghut down next to Ellis Thomas Downs. Photo: Team of Reporters
Ghut down next to Ellis Thomas Downs. Photo: Team of Reporters
Scenes of flooding in Road Town close to Flow building. Photo: Team of Reporters
Scenes of flooding in Road Town close to Flow building. Photo: Team of Reporters
Driving has become impossible in some areas of Tortola due to the severe weather. Photo: Team of Reporters
Driving has become impossible in some areas of Tortola due to the severe weather. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Almost with little warning, the Virgin Islands (VI) from Tortola to Jost van Dyke has been placed under a flash flood watch until about 12 midnight today Monday August 7, 2017.

The severe rains have caused thus far in early assessment, damages to cars, homes, along with massive land slides and flooding in low lying areas of Road Town, East End, Purcell Estate and Sea Cows Bay on the main island of Tortola and Valley, Virgin Gorda.

The sister island of Jost van Dyke experienced some flooding and land slide and Anegada continues to face heavy rain fall but no major damages.

Cars and home in a mess, ghuts down

Ghuts are down in every Village on Tortola while Road Town has been hit the hardest with flooding everywhere especially, in many of the commercial areas around the Flow Building, Scatliffe Alley, the James Walter Francis Drive and in the area of Delta Petroleum at Pasea Estate.

Damages to cars and homes from severe flooding could be in the hundreds of thousands according to a government official speaking to our newsroom on condition of anonymity.

However, the officer cautioned that it is too early to make any serious assessment.

BVI Electricity Corporation has held its own as most, if not all areas, throughout the VI remain with power up to press time. However, roads on Virgin Gorda and Tortola in many areas are a challenge to traverse.

In many areas on Tortola, falling rocks, debris, water from ghuts and visibility have affected driving and safety on the roads.

In addition, major parking lots on Wickhams Cay in Road Town have been covered with water, and many parked cars in the part of running ghuts have been affected.

It's really bad following the rains

It remains unclear if anyone was evacuated and had to seek Shelter, however, many parked cars experienced flooding as social media has been circulating photos and videos of the situation in many communities on Tortola and Virgin Gorda.

According to official weather reports, a tropical wave is causing very unstable weather across the VI and already some 25 to 50 MM of rain has fallen.

The BVI Disaster Management Chief Ms Sharleen S. DaBreo could not be reached as of publication time.


20 Responses to “VI under flash flood watch; homes & cars flooded, ghuts down!”

  • pat (07/08/2017, 21:51) Like (32) Dislike (3) Reply
    wow god is speaking to the BVI
    • @ pat (07/08/2017, 22:07) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
      What is he saying?
      • Nik (08/08/2017, 09:12) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      • tolaman (08/08/2017, 12:52) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
        God is so good. Ppl was building there lives on this land, violating building codes and proper ethics for the sake of profit. Too dumb and blinded to see that we were never meant to be a place with so much development without proper planning around nature...this is why we have damage......because we built our lives carelessly ignoring mother nature and what she and our almighty is capable of. Ghuts down, flooding..... our ancestors had to deal with rain like this and they ain had no mess like this.....but those who are wise know of the higher power of Ahmen.!!!
        • exbvi (08/08/2017, 22:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Hallelujah, we need a vengeful, wrathful God to smite the ones ignoring the bilding codes and taking the profits. I know that our god will protect the poor and needy. Ah-Men.
    • ..... (07/08/2017, 23:21) Like (9) Dislike (14) Reply
      Are you an idiot? Its just a lil storm that the BVI can't handle!
    • @pat (08/08/2017, 01:30) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yes Lord, thank you for all this rain.....
  • no warning (07/08/2017, 22:17) Like (19) Dislike (5) Reply
    DDM way off again
    • really?? (08/08/2017, 08:34) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      How is it I knew BVI was getting some rain and I am not even in the BVI!!! 4 days ago DDM anticipated showers and if you was vigilant you would take a look at the weather based on the message received and anticipate that the storm (not control by man) may bring serious rainfall.
    • @no warning (08/08/2017, 09:07) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
      They need to revamp DDM for constant poor weather forecast. This one is a no no. How ridiculous on our biggest parade day. Come on man!!!
    • I disagree (08/08/2017, 15:25) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      I got regular updates via my phone. Well in advance, they have mobile alerts, but you have to sign up.
  • Yep (07/08/2017, 22:30) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    In a serious way, but some won't see. We are celebrating emancipation from slavery; we should not be carnival-ing
  • Windy (08/08/2017, 00:20) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Look where is the ndp government people all over the bvi have flooded out and no one to call
  • wisdom (08/08/2017, 00:34) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where is the fire department and police force when you need them people in purcel need help.
  • Freedom! (08/08/2017, 00:55) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cant believe people still on tbe roads
  • E. Leonard (08/08/2017, 04:46) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Assuming no blockages in the drainage system, a rain event greater than the design capacity of the drainage system will result in flooding. Further, the drainage system has to keep pace with development; development ( hard surfaces) results in a higher volume and velocity of runoff. This rain event appears to be at least a 100-year rain event, i.e., a 100-year event statistically has a 1-% chance of occurring any year or anytime. It has a 100-year recurrence interval. The drainage system within Road Town may not be designed to handle a 100-year rain event (DDM can confirm) so it will flood.

    Typically, drainage systems are not designed to handle any size rain events,i.e., 2, 10, 25, 50, 100, 500......etc. The community decides what risk it wants to assume. Nonetheless, the drainage system should be designed, constructed and maintained to safely handled low, frequent recurrence interval rain events, i.e., 2, 5, 10, 25......etc. Rain stopped, clean up started, and damages assessed........etc an assessment should be conducted on drainage system performance. Specifuically, did the flooding occur due to size of the rain event or due to other factors, i.e., maintenance, system size........etc. Stay safe and heed the warnings.
  • wize up (08/08/2017, 12:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope no one was injured due to the weather: the material item can be replaced
  • me (08/08/2017, 12:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    All I can is Jesus! Keep your head head BVI. Everything is a learning experience. You all are a strong people
  • jack (08/08/2017, 19:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Are we so brain dead that we cannot see we are on the brink of more flooding if we do not do proper planning and allowing people to build in lakes
  • bad boy (09/08/2017, 08:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    clean the ghuts . the goverment need to fine property owners who filled up the ghuts

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