Despite the incessant rain and winds from Tropical Storm Kirk overnight, homes in the hills of St Andrew and St Joseph appeared unscathed, but residents are fearful that land slippage could result.
White Hill, St Andrew resident, Carlitha Andrews continuously thanked God for sparing her parish the worst, as the district has been plagued by ongoing road issues.
She said while residents were thorough in their hurricane preparations, it was impossible to prepare for a landslide.
“I have to thank God for sparing us because the country and the world know that we can’t take no more, so he has blessed us by not letting nothing at all happen to us,” said Edwards, who suggested that St Andrew should be designated a special disaster zone.
Her comment was met with agreement from Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training Senator, Dr Romel Springer who was touring the district to see which communities had been affected by Kirk. He indicated that the parish was in danger of being completely isolated due to land slippage and poor bridge infrastructure.
“We have to be vigilant in this area. For the persons living in this community it is still a very active and vibrant community; we don’t want any further displacement. When we get weather systems like the one that passed through yesterday with the amount of rain that was dumped on Barbados, then we have to be even more concerned because that type of water can do even more severe damage to a normal, stable road [furthermore] here in the Scotland District where the land is compromised,” Springer said.
Although it was relatively quiet in Lakes, St Andrew, resident Jalisa Skeete informed Barbados TODAY that members of the community were susceptible to being trapped in their homes during a hurricane.
“We have Dacosta Edwards Primary School as a hurricane shelter but in Lakes there is East Coast Bridge and there is Lakes Bridge, so if the bridge brims over we can’t get to the hurricane shelter because we are trapped up here. We have to cross the bridges and they were flooded last night,” she said.
However, the 28-year-old resident revealed that her household of eight was well stocked and prepared for any major hit.
She was alerted to Kirk’s presence just after 7 p.m. when there was a heavy downpour, but it was when the gusty winds howled through her peaceful neighbourhood that she was stricken with fear.
“About 11 p.m. the wind blow, and boy the wind blow! I thought the roof was going to come off and I was scared. I woke everybody in my house,” Skeete recalled.
Vendor Esther Headley, from Spring Hall, St Lucy, was delivering fruits and vegetables to residents today, having resumed business after waiting for the all-clear to be given.
“Some people are still looking for their stuff and it is still a normal day. Thank God for the fair break that he gave us,” she said as she made her way through sprinkling rain to deliver a batch of tomatoes to a resident.
Over in Sugar Hill, St Joseph, store manager of Mumus Supermarket, Dawn McIntosh, disclosed that having experienced the devastation and turmoil of Category 1 Hurricane George in Tortola in 1998, she was on high alert whenever any system passed.
She had taken the necessary precaution to ensure the store was shuttered and bolted. Thankfully, St Joseph was safe and sound.
“I don’t take these things lightly anymore after seeing the devastation down there,” McIntosh shared.
Concerned about the flash flooding occurring across the island and the safety of her employees, McIntosh opened the supermarket around 10 a.m. after the Met Office gave the all-clear.
“I wasn’t going to let them come out if it was any worse. I would have done it myself. I’m not going put anybody’s life at risk like that,” McIntosh stressed.