The Saint Lucia Meteorological Services Friday afternoon announced a discontinuation in connection with Elsa, which became the first hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic season.
But in announcing the discontinuation, the Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), Dorine Gustave, explained that the all clear has not been given.
“This time will be used for our initial damage assessment where all of our responding agencies will be out there doing their assessment, clearing roads of fallen trees and downed lines,” Gustave stated.
As a result, she called on members of the public to remain at home and allow the teams to do their work.
“I would like to thank you for working with NEMO to ensure that lives are saved and we continue through this time in a safe manner,” Gustave said.
High winds and heavy rainfall associated with Elsa downed power lines, felled utility poles and trees, caused flooding, triggered landslides and tore off the roofs of several houses in various parts of the Island.
In Fond St Jacques, Soufriere, the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) reported that emergency personnel responded to a report that a wooden house had collapsed on a 58 year old resident.
The male victim, whom residents of the community say lived alone, was rushed to the Soufriere Hospital for treatment.