Hurricane Work Virgin Islands
Hurricane Work Virgin Islands- First of all, thank you to everyone who has donated!
We made a run to Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke before we had to stop to get ready for Maria.
I had a news team as well from CNN who are putting together a longer media piece for their Youtube channel.
This news team say they have been covering the disasters for 15 years and they have never seen anything as devastating as what they have seen on some of these islands.
A few notes from our trip around in short form
West End/ Sopers Hole Tortola:
Badly damaged and customs building roof and ferry terminal caved in.
Voyage Yachts are in bad shape that are there. Voyage Office- we can’t seem to locate it!
Harbour Market Grocery Store damaged, SCUBA shop and all buildings with it was destroyed. Pussers Badly damaged.
Apple Bay: Bomba shack does not exist nor anything to show it was there, including a road. It is just sand now.
Marina Cay: Fuel Dock gone, Restaurant gone, Pusser’s store gone, hotel almost gone, just cement buildings and rubble.
Scrub Island is in bad shape but can be brought back.
Airport looked ok, hangars damaged.
Last Resort on Bellamy Cay is ruined and all the yachts that were in Trellis Bay are on the beach now.
Virgin Gorda Spanishtown. The Ferry terminal is accepting donations and supplies. The have a command center there.
Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour: Most marina slips full of sunken boats. Roofs gone from most of the Marina buildings. The office is still there. NO response from the marina staff or office being around or doing anything. The boats are all twisted together in the boat yard and many (most) of the boats there have been looted.
B Line on Jost blown to pieces literally. Foxy’s Taboo was damaged. Sandy Spit is just sand now, nothing else on it but a hole where the bushes were in the middle. Big boats washed up on Jost Van Dyke. Little Harbour has a car barge in the road. Jost Ferry is flipped over onto Sidney’s Bar and demolished it. Sidney Junior and his brother there, they have requested a battery powered shaver and a couple tarps.
Great Harbour Jost, everyone was in good spirits but tired. Need tools to start rebuilding. This weekend past they were sharing one hammer. Foxy’s is providing two meals per day in a damaged building.
Saba Rock lost their roof, Bitter End lost the north side villas, Esmerlada YCCS docks gone and broken. Leverick Bay has a lot of damage.
We evacuated from St Thomas to Miami this week for Maria and now are busy getting as many supplies as we can, setting up the dogs at a temporary spot and then we will be returning to the island.
News from Jana Blake ” I’m trying to put together a supply drive to send much needed supplies to St. Thomas and the surrounding islands affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria. I will need people willing to donate much needed supplies, a drop off point, exposure on news/radio and possible coordination with getting supplies to Miami for shipment to St. Thomas. We have a large SUV that we will fill; however, depending on response may need more coordination with shipping. Anyone that you know that would have contacts vital to making this a success, please let me know.
For those unable to assist with the above we are taking donations for supplies at the following link. 100% of the proceeds go directly to relief efforts! Thanks to everyone for your support during this difficult time.
We have uploaded many pictures and videos into a facebook folder which you can see here!
Hurricane Work Virgin Islands
We are starting to get some good leads coming in from People who want to work, which was the subject of our last blog post here
We will have an update and more information on this with our next blog post shortly. Please keep donating, please keep supporting us. We are all stressed, tired, cut, bruised but working our tails off! We love you.