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A year after the hurricane (for Debbie)

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A year after the hurricane (for Debbie)

We are visiting St Lucia (Anse Chastanet) at the end of this month. When were there last year 7 of the hotel staff had lost their homes in the hurricane, all in Fond St Jacques.

Does anybody know what the current situation is in Fond St Jacques and whether we should bring out anything special (apart from money)? Last year we brough childrens clothes and toys.

Any feedback welcome, especially from Debbie.

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1. Re: A year after the hurricane (for Debbie)

The road through Fond St. Jaques is open, although trecherous. Most of the homes are still buried, although some people have been able to dig out and go back to their homes there. It is still a very distressed area and any toys, school supplies, etc. for kids of the employees at AC, I am sure, would be more than welcome. Generous tips are also always welcome - if the service is great, of course.

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2. Re: A year after the hurricane (for Debbie)

Thanks for the information, it is difficult to get anywhere else. Disappointing that more progress hasn't been made.

We will bring lots of toys and school supplies as you suggest.

The service is always fantastic at AC so we always bring plenty of money for tips!

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3. Re: A year after the hurricane (for Debbie)

See my reply in the this thread about batteries -

tripadvisor.co.uk/…36832636

Good to leave as tips as they are expensive in St Lucia.

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4. Re: A year after the hurricane (for Debbie)

while yes, disappointing more progress hasn't been made - a remarkable amount of progress has been made considering the amount of damage sustained and scarce resources available. While the area was devasted, so were many areas of the island and getting everywhere back to normal has been an incredible challenge - and priorities had to be made. The area was opened back up within a few months and people have been able to return home, however the homes and area that were completely submerged are pretty much unreturnable and the government has been working to resettle those people in other areas. The town of Soufriere has been cleaned up and returned to normal, with a lot of work being done on the waterfront to help both shore up the river and umprove the offerings available in town - all of this equal jobs, which helps the area return to normal also.

Other areas of the island were equallin impacted and remarkably - the west coast road has actually been improved since the washouts and loss or road area - it is better now than it was before the hurricane. The areas of Bexon, the Barre des Isle road, several rivers and other areas are still unrecovered in any way except for occasional desilting of the rivers after they flood their banks and flood people's homes yet again.

all in all Hurricane Tomas presented the island with tremendous challenges that will take us a while to overcome.

Any help and support is always appreciated - especially when it can be given directly to those who were directly affected.

Enjoy your visit!

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5. Re: A year after the hurricane (for Debbie)

Good to hear the west coast roadway has been improved. It was downright scary driving from Soufriere to Canaries at night when we were there in June. We were told this was the worst section of hurricane damage and I could easily believe it - that section was in great condition prior to Tomas. I was rather awestruck by the condition of it. The forces of nature are staggeringly powerful.

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