St Maarten is slowly recovering. I am OK. Our house stood up well. We have cistern water and we have a generator. We have to limit usage of both so we don’t run out. Our fuel for the generator is low but we are OK for awhile.
When we turn on the generator we actually have internet and a landline. There is limited cell phone usage but that is slowly being restored too.
GEBE the utilities company has been distributing water to different districts for days now.
Considering everything, we consider ourselves very lucky.Many on the island are not so well off.
The reports of looting are disheartening and very scary but slowly order is being restored. Abajan, it was total anarchy. scary to go out. It's better now.
The other side of that coin is people helping people. Stores giving away free food before it spoils. Neighborhoods banding together to clean up.
Laser 101 has been on the air non stop giving us updates since other communication on the island was impossible.
You can check their Facebook page for updates.https://www.facebook.com/laser101/
They are streaming live athttp://laser101.fm/
Do not despair if you have not heard from people. Most of us are OK but unable to communicate.
Authorities are doing a great job of getting visitors off the island and back home.
Regards to all who have been affected by this storm and thanks to those of you who continue to send well wishes and offers of help.
So relieved to hear you are OK and have a livable home with water! Hopefully troops have now arrived in enough numbers to restore safety from evil, heartless criminals who will take advantage of anyone in the worst of circumstances.
As you may have heard, my beautiful BVI was damaged as much as was St. Martin/Anguilla, St Bart, & Barbuda. It looks like a bomb blast, as both Tortola and Virgin Gorda could be seen showing through the eye on satellite & radar. I had previously moved to Missouri for a time to care for aging (93) parents, so was far removed from the hazards of Irma, yet my heart remains there. It took five days to hear the status on some dear friends, but thankfully, they are alive. Almost everyone I know has lost their livelihood, many their homes. Everywhere my memories reside is now gone or severely damaged: boats, marinas, businesses, restaurants, beach bars, homes. All of the Virgin Islands webcams I looked at, and saved pictures from daily
to stay connected and watch the weather, are gone. It's like a bad dream. Like your St. Martin, the BVI is comprised of people from around the globe, who share an intense love for the islands, which will allow them to be resilient and rebuild. But this one is going to take a while.
My prayers continue for safety of all on all the islands Irma struck, and for all heavy rain to avoid the denuded islands the rest of this season. Heavy rain will pose an increased risk of mud/rock slides to human safety, and of infrastructure damage, for several months, until new trees can take root. May God go with you as you work to recover, and keep you safe.