Local homeowner gets a taste of Irma’s fury

Just when Barbados thought it would emerge fully unscathed from Hurricane Irma, which was today approaching the Leeward Islands with a vengeance, at least one local homeowner was made to taste the fury of the monster storm.

While the majority of the island was spared the brunt of the system, 68-year-old Patsy Trotman of St David’s Village, Christ Church fell victim to the howling winds, associated with the category five hurricane, that ripped off the roof of her two-bedroom wooden house around nine o’clock this morning.

The galvanized roof of Patsy Trotman’s wooden home was lifted by the force winds stemming from category five hurricane Irma.

The more than 50-year-old dwelling, which was occupied by Trotman and her 27-year-old autistic nephew, had stood up to the onslaught of Tropical Storm Harvey last month.

However, Irma’s strong winds proved too much for the galvanize roof protecting the wooden structure to bear.

When Barbados TODAY arrived at the scene, the pensioner was visibly shaken by the incident. Surrounded by her family members who live next door, the diabetic complained of headaches and indicated that her blood pressure had spiked after she received the news that her roof had been ripped off by the powerful storm.

Her daughter Betty Trotman, speaking on her mother’s behalf, said the entire family was rattled by the development.

Betty Trotman, daughter of 68-year-old Patsy Trotman whose roof was ripped away by the strong winds of Hurricane Irma.

“When I first came, my mum was really distraught. She was crying, nothing we said could get my mum to stop crying,” the daughter said, pointing out that “nobody wants to be in a condition like this in 2017.

“It is really hard on my mum because she is a pensioner, and she is also a diabetic, so we need to be really careful with my mum,” she added.

Fortunately, none of the occupants was home when the roof was blown off by the high winds.

However, while expressing concern that her family was not in a position financially to carry out the needed repairs, she said both victims would be accommodated next door, at her mother’s oldest daughter, for the time being.

With that being said, Chairman of the National Assistance Board David Durant said that given the number of cases of elderly persons in need of assistance, a task force was desperately needed to address the issue.

“This is just another one and there are a number of others, so definitely we need a task force that will specifically deal with this,” said Durant who was on hand today to witness Trotman’s plight.

While promising to help the family and seek assistance from the Urban Development Commission, he stressed that the homes of many elderly persons simply could not withstand a potentially catastrophic weather system.

“We really need a task force to look into it, if not we might find someone who may be seriously injured at some point in time and we don’t want that to happen,” he said. katrinaking@barbadostoday.bb. 

22 Responses to Local homeowner gets a taste of Irma’s fury

  1. Susanna Ophelia
    Susanna Ophelia September 5, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    This is incredible and u not in her path

  2. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry September 5, 2017 at 11:12 pm


  3. Velda Welch
    Velda Welch September 6, 2017 at 2:27 am

    Wow glad they are safe!

  4. Kelly Hunte
    Kelly Hunte September 6, 2017 at 2:48 am


    • harry turnover September 6, 2017 at 7:22 am

      A old bleach out dry up woman like you playing ya young looking fa a man or wha ? when something unfortunate comes your way wha you gine do ?
      A total waste of a wuk up and a brek

    • harry turnover September 6, 2017 at 7:34 am

      Woman ….,look go and wipe ya mout and flush it.

  5. Veronica Trotman-Roberts
    Veronica Trotman-Roberts September 6, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Kelly Hunte you are a fool weather it is so where is your feelings. IF YOU DON’T HAVE NOTHING NICE TO SAY JUST SHUT TO HELL UP..☹☹☹☹

    • Kelly Hunte
      Kelly Hunte September 6, 2017 at 4:11 am

      Did you mean to say whether it is so, where are my feelings?

    • Kelly Hunte
      Kelly Hunte September 6, 2017 at 4:11 am

      It’s a free world and I can say what ever I want to.

      • Sherlock Holmes. September 6, 2017 at 5:51 am

        Termites can also invade the brain and make people like you Kelly say stupid callous things when others are experiencing difficult situations.

    • Kelly Hunte
      Kelly Hunte September 6, 2017 at 9:31 am

      I’m anxiously waiting to hear how much money she is sending to help the family out of their situation, but I guess feelings are just as effective.

  6. Thunder September 6, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Under these circumstances people need support, not jokes,some of us may be privileged to live in strong houses, this lady was not that fortunate,we need to be our brother’s keeper,instead of laughing, help,come on,I wouldn’t want to be in this situation.
    Just hope this situation gets dealt with speedily,and if the family is picking up donations to hel,I will assist!

  7. Jason Belle
    Jason Belle September 6, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Oh my goodness. Irma waa hundreds of miles away.

    If we get a direct hit we gine get FLATTEN.

  8. Jennifer September 6, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Can you imagine if we had gotten the full thing. Gosh. Come on local carpenters support and the NAB.

  9. Bradg September 6, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Hope this lady gets the help she needs, having a home destroyed like this must be very distressing. For those that try to make jokes about things like this you are super insensitive and have no class.

  10. Melissa Griffith
    Melissa Griffith September 6, 2017 at 7:43 am

    lollllllllll don’t blame Irma blame negligence.

    • Gail Jewel
      Gail Jewel September 6, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Is that all you can say? She’s a pensioner with an autistic son living with her. Well hopefully now She will received some much needed housing repairs.

  11. Princess M R Charles
    Princess M R Charles September 6, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Bajans boy no wonder we are as we are as long as we ok to hell with everyone else yes you all that can afford proper houses can make your snide remarks but you know what every dog has his day hope nothing wrong happens to you

  12. ThickkMadame Scantlebury
    ThickkMadame Scantlebury September 6, 2017 at 8:49 am

    What in catch yah in pass yah tek hay things and life have a funny way of turning around on you…..

  13. Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson September 6, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I think we have to up our building codes or we just wasting time and money

  14. Betty September 6, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I would like to thank you all for the support and prayers. Yes we the family can do with some help. If anyone is interested or willing to help us out please contact the writer of the article please.


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