Residents of Pottersville still picking up after powerful storm

Seventy-five year old Dorothy Farrell is counting herself lucky to have survived Hurricane Maria.

Farrell has lived in the coastal community of Pottersville, just outside of the capital Roseau, all her life.

Dorothy Farrell

While most of her neighbours’ houses suffered extensive damage, losing roofs and windows, Farrell’s structure remained intact, despite significant flooding.

When Barbados TODAY spoke with her on Wednesday afternoon, she said her main priority was cleaning up.

“I don’t know when I will finish cleaning. All about is mud. If my son wasn’t there I don’t know what I would do,” she said.

Pottersville is largely unrecognizable, with the roads blocked by fallen trees and rubble.

The majority of homes and businesses have been destroyed, and the two bridges leading in and out of the capital have been destroyed.

On Wednesday residents and business owners in the area were focused on cleaning up their surroundings.

Businessman Domnique JnoRose, who operates a nearby snack bar, lost everything to Hurricane Maria.

Domnique JnoºRose lost everything in the storm.

“I started this [business] two years ago and now everything is gone,” he said.

“I don’t think I will reopen it immediately. I have other businesses I will focus on for the time being, he said.”

With memories of Tropical storm Erica still fresh, the residents of Pottersville say the damage caused by category 5 Hurricane Maria was unlike anything they have ever seen.  However they are hoping to rebuild better and stronger than before.

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