Elsa: Saint Lucia announces an “interruption” but everything is not yet clear
The weather services of Saint Lucia announced on Friday afternoon an interruption in connection with Elsa, which became the first hurricane of the Atlantic season 2021.
But in announcing the stop, the director of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), Dorine Gustave, explained that the green light was not given.
“This time will be used for our initial damage assessment where all of our response agencies will be there to do their assessment, clearing the roads of fallen trees and downed lines,” said Gustave.
As a result, she called on members of the public to stay at home and allow the teams to do their jobs.
“I want to thank you for working with NEMO to ensure that lives are saved and we continue to get through this time safely,” said Gustave.
The high winds and heavy rainfall associated with Elsa knocked down power lines, utility poles and felled trees, caused flooding, triggered landslides and ripped roofs off several houses in various parts of the island.
In Fond St Jacques, Soufrière, the Saint Lucia Fire Department (SLFS) reported that emergency personnel responded to a report that a wooden house had collapsed on a 58-year-old resident.
The male victim, who residents of the community said lived alone, was rushed to Soufrière hospital for treatment.