St. Lucia’s brush with Hurricane Elsa

St. Lucia was largely spared the ravages of Hurricane Elsa, although a few buildings were severely damaged. A man in Fond St. Jacque lost his life due to the passage of the Category ONE hurricane. There are no reports at this time of serious injury.

A few buildings were damaged including the Bocage Secondary School. Assessment teams were out on Saturday and Sunday surveying damage to agriculture, infrastructure and public buildings.

As at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, July 4, 2021, St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) had restored power to 99% of customers. All of the high-tension repair and restoration work has been completed.

There remain some small pockets of customers across the island that are still without power as a result of localized faults. LUCELEC promised to restore most of these areas Sunday evening.

Hewanorra International Airport July 3rd

The St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority, SLASPA reports little damage to its facilities and the airport was re-opened Saturday morning.

The Water and Sewerage Company, WASCO reported on Friday that “our infrastructure which supplies water to the entire island has been affected”.

The statement continues: “Preliminary reports indicate that all areas receiving water from the John Compton Dam (from Roseau to Cap Estate) are currently experiencing a service interruption”.

“This is due to power issues at Millet and flooding at Vanard pumping station. We are working jointly with industry partner LUCELEC to restore power to our facilities. As such, we anticipate that the system should be operational by tomorrow Saturday July 3rd 2021” WASCO promised.

LUCELEC says most of the restoration efforts were hampered by extensive tree trimming, having to rebuild sections of lines and replace damaged infrastructure such as transformers.