How bad is damage in st thomas

Old Nov 18th, 2003, 05:54 PM
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How bad is damage in st thomas

Have heard that there is flooding in STT. how bad is it? Are roads passable?
Are resorts open?
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Old Nov 19th, 2003, 01:56 AM
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$20 million dollars worth in the territory, according to the Virgin Islands Daily News.

The article in that link contains a warning from the Virgin Islands' health commissioner to swimmers to stay out of the water at beaches until further notice. This is due to the high levels of fecal coliform from sewage that has flowed into the sea from the deluge of up to 15 inches of rain. Hopefully you are not heading there anytime soon.
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Old Nov 19th, 2003, 04:38 PM
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All beaches are now open, roads are passable. There are some potholes and I have seen them filling them already! It should be no problem. Most of the damages were due to leaks in buildings and some retainng walls falling.
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Old Nov 19th, 2003, 08:43 PM
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Here's some pics of the damage
It's going to be a while until things are truly back to normal. Time will tell how much damage to the reefs has occurred. I would cancel any trip to STT in the near future unless you favor less than pristine conditions.
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Old Nov 20th, 2003, 03:20 AM
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I think canceling a trip is rather extreme as the island is quickly recovering. The hardest hit was St. Croix. Anyone traveling to the NE Caribbean would be mindful that the rain and flooding is perfect for the breeding of skeeters and noseeem and other than a little extra care with repellent there should be little impact on a trip.
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Old Nov 20th, 2003, 06:00 AM
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Personally, I'd cancel on the basis of the mosquito problem alone. We were on St. John in late April/early May, just after they'd had a storm that dumped about 8 inches of rain on them. The mosquito population had skyrocketed, and the little buggers made us miserable the entire time we were there--two weeks. I guess it depends how much you're bothered by them, but personally I hope I never have to deal with that situation again. It's a drag when all you want to do is relax and enjoy. Just my two cents' worth.
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Old Nov 20th, 2003, 06:57 AM
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A couple of you advised to cancel if going in the near future. I will be spending a week in St. John and St. Thomas starting January 23rd. Assuming no more storms hit, should things relatively be back to normal?
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Old Nov 20th, 2003, 10:57 PM
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I would think most things would be back to normal long before then. Unless you're staying somewhere that had really extensive damage. But reefs can take years to recover.
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Old Dec 26th, 2003, 10:20 PM
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what flooding? I was there late Nov and early Dec and didn't notice anything. Didn't hear the locals mentioning anything either. Just had a great time! I wouldn't worry.
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