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November 14, 2003

This is what I was talking about...

Posted by afinta at November 14, 2003 04:26 PM


Anthony--My thoughts and prayers go out to you and all V.I. residents and travelers. I really couldn't comprehend just how bad paradise could become, short of a hur.......I can't say it, until I saw your photos. It seems to me that erosion must be a major concern. Have there been any reports of home damage? Being a builder here in Mass., my morbid curiosity was wondering how the homes stood up to this type of assault. I realize that the building codes for, let's say.... "storm proofing", must be a main consideration during construction; but how do the homes stand up to what appears to be major mud flows and massive amounts of rushing water?
Take care, and I hope the sunny side of life is on it's way....Peace---Howie

Posted by: Howie at November 15, 2003 01:00 AM

Hi Howie,
Thanks for your thoughts. Our house (it is a duplex, we are downstairs) sustained no damage as fas as I could tell. The picture was from about 3:00 PM yesterday and that was the worst of it. We finally had a little water come under the front door, but that was it (that is why all the potted plants are out there, they were our dam!), besides some other small leaks. The retaining walls and culverts worked, and held (we did have some moments where we were wondering if we would just slide down the hill though). Since everything is concrete and tile, there really is not much to worry about if a little water gets in the house. There is a post somewhere on here from St. John saying they lost homes, but on St. Thomas it just seemed like a lot of water, mud, and trees (there was flooding in town I hear, and I am sure there was some lost merchandise and ruined interiors). My biggest concern was that we would lose the Flamboyant tree on the cliff behind that retaining wall and it fall on the cars on the car deck. Now it is just clean up (that torrent over the wall left a lot of dirt and stones outside our door, about 4 inches) and the battle of the mold and mosquitoes!

Posted by: Anthony at November 15, 2003 09:29 AM

BOL my friend. If'n ya need a pair of helping hands, just fly my cold ass down there......and put me up.........and feed me........ahh to hell with it just adopt me; everyone loves a 50 year old kid. Right????? Seriously, take care and my thoughts are with ya.....Peace---Howie

Posted by: Howie at November 15, 2003 07:33 PM