Island-wide flooding dampens Christmas spirit

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Island-wide flooding dampens Christmas spirit
A fast food business in Castries was flooded as customers took refuge on bins and tables.
A fast food business in Castries was flooded as customers took refuge on bins and tables.

Heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorms drenched St. Lucia on Christmas Eve yesterday, resulting in electricity blackouts, landslides, damage and blockage to roads, bridges and homes across the island while leaving thousands of last-minute shoppers and workers stranded across the island.

As the island celebrates Christmas Day today, some people would have slept or stayed awake overnight at businesses, community shelters, churches, by friends and families, or at the homes of Good Samaritans. Some would have crashed at bus stands.

The rains began early Tuesday but by midday, reports surfaced that some roads, homes and businesses in Bexon, Cul De Sac and Castries were flooded. At that time, most southerners reported experiencing no rain and boasted about it on mobile messengers.

However by mid-afternoon, the rains became heavier and persistent as thousands frantically carried out last-minute shopping, especially in the capital Castries and in Gros Islet.

By 8 p.m., the island was affected by cloudy skies, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms associated with what the local weather authorities said were associated with a “trough system in the vicinity of the Lesser Antilles”.

In its midday Christmas Eve forecast, the MET Office had warned that residents in areas prone to flooding and landslides are asked to exercise caution. Small craft operators and sea bathers are advised to exercise caution due to rough seas”.

This media house did not receive the usual 6 pm weather update from the MET Office and the last report on the Office’s website was its 12 noon weather update.

Meanwhile, as the day winded down yesterday, the situation only got worst. Hundreds of people were left stranded in Rodney Bay, Gros Islet  after the Bois D’ Orange bypass road/bridge was rendered impassable by raging waters. This resulted in a nightmarish traffic jam. Emergency workers also had to rescue a driver who was trapped after motorist tried to brave the flooded alternate route to Corinth.

According to weather.com, the chances of rain falling today, Christmas Day will be 60 percent. The site says scattered showers are expected throughout today.

Road in Anse Ger destroyed.

The following are some of the reports obtained by St. Lucia News Online via Blackberry Messenger.

* CASTRIES:  Knee-deep water left many stranded throughout the city. Businesses, notably the fast food joints, in the boulevard were flooded. Some customers were seen sitting on tables.  Jeremie Street, some CDC apartments, sections of the Vigie airport and low-lying areas in Vigie were under water.

* BRIDGES: The Piaye Bridge was reportedly destroyed while bridges in Anse La Raye, Grand Riviere, Dennery, Riviere Mitan, Marchand, Grand Riviere (Dennery), the Black Bay bridge and Canaries were reported to be blocked and/or damaged.

LANDSLIDES: NEMO reported that a landslide occurred in Anse La Verde. Landslides also reported in Marigot; Ti Rocher, Castries, and many other places across the island.

ELECTRICITY BLACKOUTS:  Were reported in Babonneau, Marisule, Monchy, La Fueille, Beausejour, and Caymange, La Guerre, Vieux Seriure, Entrepot, Trouya, Odsan, Mon Repos, Morne Du Don, Fond Assau, Micoud, Jacmel, Baata, Bishop’s Gap area, Aux Lyon (Dennery), Desruisseaux, Bocage, Vieux-Fort North, Morne Serpant, Bexon, and other places across the island.

FLOODING was also reported in Belair, New Development in La Croix; La Clery, Vigie, Bexon, Faux-A-Chaud, and Hospital Road.

Telecommunications service across the island was disrupted due to downed lines, among other factors.

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  1. WE TAKE EVRYTING 4 GRANTED IN ST.LUCIA....WE PROVOKE GOD, WE PROVOKE WARNINGS, WE EVEN PROVOKE OUR OWN KIND...IT IS HIGH TIME THAT WE STOP PROVOKING EVRYTING ND START LIVNG THE RIGHT LIFE..THE GOOD LIFE THAT GOD PUT US HERE TO ENJOY..I BLIEVE THAT THIS WUZ A WARNING-a simple wake up call-FOR ALL OF US..GOD WUZ JUST REMINDING US OF OUR PURPOSE ON EARTH.

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  2. My thoughts and prayers go out to all my friends and adopted families on this beautiful island. Having been there as recent as this past Oct. and renting a cabin right on the beach near the end of the international airport, I am wondering what is left of this area. I have tried calling all my friends and only got through to one. GOD bless you all as you work together to restore your island.

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  3. People, remember every day praise the Lord, thank HIM for every thing. You are not in charge; he is. If you forget who is in charge, he will remind you. Do not provoke GOD! St Lucian! St Lucia pray ! Because he is getting tired of the BS!
    You put stuff before him. Remember what is said. I GOD, AM A JEALOUS GOD!

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  4. LET NOTHING BE DONE THROUGH SELFISH AMBITION OR CONCEIT, BUT IN LOWLINESS OF MIND LET EACH ESTEEM OTHERS BETTER THAN HIMSELF.

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  5. GOD IS GOD. WE CANNOT CHANGE HIM NOR CAN WE REPLACE HIM.YEARS HAVE COME N GONE N HE REMAINS THE SAME.VALIANT MEN HAVE PASSED BEFORE HIM, VANQUISHED IN THEIR EFFORTS, YET HE REMAINS THE SAME. HIS WORD IS WORTHY AS HE HIMSELF SO IT ENDURES AS HE ENDURES. WHAT A GOD HE IS. HIS WORD CAN BE TRUSTED AS HE CAN BE TRUSTED. HE IS OUR ROCK N SURE FOUNDATION. IN HIM WE LIVE N MOVE N HAVE OUR BEING.WHO IS LIKE UNTO OUR GOD?GLORIOUS IN PRAISES,MARVELLOUS IN HOLINESS, THERE IS NONE LIKE HIM.SO WE DOW DOWN BEFORE HIM IN WORSHIP WITH OUR HEARTS BROKEN BEFORE HIM. HE WILL NEVER DESPISE A BROKEN N A CONTRITE HEART. IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD N THE WORD WAS WITH GOD N THE WORD WAS GOD. THE SAME CAME A DWELT AMONG US. FATHER IN THE NAME OF JESUS, WE BOW OUR HEARTS BEFORE U EARNESTLY THANKING U FOR BEING OU FATHER N GOD . U R SPECIAL, KIND N WONDERFUL. WE FEEL SPECIAL TOO B'CUZ U R OUR FATHER. WE WORSHIP U N U ALONE , FATHER UR GOODNESS TO US IS SO OVER WHELPING WE SAY THANK U. UR JOY N LOVE THT U GAVE TO US R SO GREAT WE HAVE CONFIDENCE N TRUST IN U. WE KNW THT WHAT EVER IS GOING ON IN OUR LIVES U R AWEAR OF IT N THT U AS A LOVING FATHER WILL HELP US TO MAKE THEM BETTER. WE KNW IT IS NOT UR DESIRE FOR US TO HURT AS A LOVING FATHER SA WE TRUST U TO DEAL WITH US AS A LOVING FATHER WILL IN THE NAME OF JESUS,AMEN. GOD CAN NEVER GIVE US NOTHING WE CANNOT CARRY, WE NEED TO SEE GOD IN EVERYTHING.HE IS GOD. LOVE ST LUCIA.

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  6. god is our rock and sure foundation. In him we live and move n having our being> who is like unto our god?Glorious in praise, marvellous in holiness heart,there is none like Him.so we bow down before Him in worship with our hearts broken before Him. He will never despise a broken and a contrite heart.

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  7. whenever st lucia gets lots of rain, this is the results, its nature. some have tsunammi whilst others have turnadoes its nature doing its work, prayer? what will it do?

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  8. i heard that st lucia depends on reports for weather from another island,the equipment was hit by lightening and knocked out,thts why we didnt get proper warning of this system.

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  9. may lord blessed ST LUCIA in this terrible time, be strong my fellow ST LUCIAN we here in USA are PARYING for all of you.

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  10. may lord blessed ST LUCIA in this terrible be strong my fellow ST LUCIAN we are here in the USA PARYING for all of you

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  11. You know it bugs me when some people don't realise that there's nothing we humans can do when dealing with the forces of nature. My friends like us nature too can be wicked so deal with that fact and quit blaming God,Jesus or the devil we are all in this thing together, try and be good to each other and stay positive.

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  12. People! we need to pray always because we know not the hour when our end will come. Yes, it do look bad. But, can we imagine what its going to be like when God comes? We need to do our part and start by sharing and loving.

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  13. May the island people forget the way they use to celebrate Christmas with Jesus, Maybe it is not like before with food, drinks, music neighbors coming together wishing merry Christmas, going from neighbors to neighbors eating ham, pork, drinking rum give joks people laughing, dancing. Where is the sprite of celebrating JESUS birthday. He need that back stop being selfish with my fellow people he have done so much for us. Wake up and give back to him

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  14. Merry Christmas from Mount Vernon New York to all my fellow St. Lucians. I know its not the kinda weather u folks were looking this Christmas Day but our master who is God is talking too all of us this time again listern and take heed.The rain fell for a reason. Now its the time to reflect on him not material things. Rain is an element thats good for life wash you'll souls purefied you'll hearts..
    Stop all the killings wake up wake up love lucia. May God bless our island La bon noel.

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  15. Let's associate this with Climate Change and the end of times. We also need to have a better relationship with our maker, and need to treat our brothers and sisters like humans. Many of us did not learn from Tomas hope we do from this one- Christmas Eve 2013.