Storm brings community together in relief effort

The community spirit was alive and well in Providence, Christ Church as gangs of young men came to the rescue of the neighbours who have been affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.

Several houses in the Providence and Parish Land communities were damaged extensively, with roofs, windows and doors ripped by the gusty winds of the storm, which affected the island from last night into this morning.

The home of Providence Christ Church resident, Carol-Ann Archer (left) was extensively damaged by Tropical Storm Harvey.

The home of 42-year-old Parish Land resident Carol-Ann Archer had weathered many a storm in the past, including Tropical Storm Tomas.

Carol-Ann Archer

However, it did not survive Harvey unscathed, as it suffered extensive damage, although her shop, which adjoins the house, escaped with nothing more than a little flooding.

A large team of concerned neighbours, including construction business owner Troy Daniel, was on site helping to rebuild Carol-Ann’s home and offering assistance to others in the area.

The mother-of-four said she was awakened by the cracking sound of thunder, and before she could properly assess the situation her roof was missing and the sides of the house had collapsed.

“By the time I looked up, all I could see is the sky and it was quick, quick so. . . . Before you knew it everything was gone,” she told Barbados TODAY.

In a mad scramble to safety, Archer, her husband and her children sought refuge at her mother’s home next door.

Her children received minor scratches and bruises from the flying glass when the walls caved in.

Having gone through the usual hurricane preparations, Archer said never did she expect her home to be dismantled by this storm.

“You expect and try to do as much as you possibly can to secure, but then for something to happen like that so quickly there is nothing you can do,” she said.

Her son, 25-year-old Daniel Archer, who lives next to his mother, lost his home. The wooden structure was swept away by the heavy winds. The only thing left standing were the blocks upon which the house once stood.

“Around one or two [in the morning], I heard the winds start to pick up and I turned and when I looked there wasn’t no more wood. I could see the sea . . . . When I turn and catch myself, the side was off so I say, ‘the next thing that off is me’ so I was out of there,” he told Barbados TODAY.

Fortunately for his family, the residents came out in droves to hekp repair the two houses.

“I want to say a big thanks to the people in the community for helping out and giving a helping hand because I can’t do it by myself,” a grateful Daniel said.

The winds did a number on the Providence Methodist Church, with sheets of galvanize scattered throughout the neighbourhood – in the backyards of neighbours, and in the middle of the street.

Approximately 300 metres away a dismantled stereo could be seen shattered to bits.

While Suan Alleyne was asleep, a piece of lumber hit the roof of her home, waking her from her slumber.

But it was concrete block flying through her window, shattering the glass in the process, that rattled Alleyne, who sustained injuries to her back by the broken glass and had to receive stitches in her right leg.

A traumatized Alleyne recounted that she hurriedly woke up her 17-year-old daughter when the house began to shake.

“A wind came through the window where the block came through and the house started to lift up about twice and then it stopped and when we looked outside, a window was going around in a circle and everything from the church, everything, was in the front of my house,” she recalled.

Aisha Niles also was a victim of Harvey, which broke her windows and ripped apart the roof over her children’s bedroom.

Niles said when she woke up after hearing a crash, she stumbled in the dark in search of her children, only to discover galvanize and a piece of lumber had fallen in the room where her daughter was still asleep.

“The whole thing was off, like all the galvanize and the roof. Everything was spiralling off . . . I screaming for them [my children] because I couldn’t find them. It was pitch black so I couldn’t find them, so I found my son, he was running coming out of the bedroom, but it was my daughter, I couldn’t find. She was still on the bed with the galvanize and everything on top of the bed,” the mother said.

3 Responses to Storm brings community together in relief effort

  1. Hewers of wood August 18, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Well done to the members of this community. Speedy recovery to the injured.

  2. Philmore August 19, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Thanks to the Almighty Father that no one was badly injured or died in this story.

  3. michael parker August 19, 2017 at 3:18 am

    this is what barbados is about, young people helping people who have lost homes and possessions,(far better than toting guns and shooting up the town). well done to everybody who helped out.


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