Hurricane Elsa: Fire Service Rescues Elderly Soufriere Couple

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The Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) says it rescued an elderly couple in Soufriere Friday, after strong winds associated with Hurricane Elsa caused their roof to collapse.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, George Victorin, disclosed that the incident occurred about 9.30 am.

“We were able to assist an elderly couple whose roof collapsed near the church in Soufriere and we were able to rescue them,” Victorin stated.

He said one of the individuals was taken to a shelter while the other was able to go to family members.

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Victorin said the SLFS was getting reports from throughout the Island about damage, mostly relating to affected roofs, fallen trees and downed power lines.

However, he revealed that in most of the cases emergency personnel were not able to respond.

Victorin said the SLFS has also been receiving reports of people venturing out despite repeated admonitions for them to stay at home until the ‘all clear’ is given.

“We want to encourage these persons, please stay indoors because you are likely to find yourself in trouble,” the Deputy Fire Chief explained.

He said all fire stations are functioning and should individuals need assistance they can call stations in their immediate community.

Nevertheless, he observed that emergency personnel may not be able to respond to some requests immediately because of existing conditions at the time.

But Victorin said as soon as the conditions permit, the emergency personnel will be out assisting members of the public.

Headline photo: Deputy Fire Chief, George Victorin (File image)

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