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#3051 - 10/02/00 05:31 AM Caye Caulker Effects
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Has anyone received any messages out of Caye Caulker via marine radio, cellular or any other means? I am extremely concerned for my family and villagers. I last spoke with my sisters last night and at that point 30' of beach was gone and power was already out. They were packing to go to a shelter. Please Patti Arceo or anyone if you have information on the Alaminas, Diane Kuylen, Tina Loeper or any information regarding Caye Caulker in genreal please let me know. Last I heard was that on Love FM Mr. Ramon Reyes called and said he could see four houses down. What is the situation there now? Has it calmed down now in San Pedro and Caye Caulker or are they still getting beaten? I would appreciate any information-Thanks!!! I hear of relief efforts getting organized for San Pedro what is being done for Caye Caulker?? They seem to have taken the worst of the storm. Is it likely that international flights will be able to arrive on Mon. or Tues.??

Sharon Urscheler
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#3052 - 10/02/00 05:40 AM Re: Caye Caulker Effects
Marty Offline
They are still getting beaten. the damn thing is sitting right where it was last night at this time...
it went north, then came back. it went west ans south, then wandered back...

no reports, and we won't have much til the phones come back......

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#3053 - 10/02/00 05:59 AM Re: Caye Caulker Effects
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Thank you Marty for the info. I am really worried about everyone on Caye Caulker. Wendy is my sister also but at least she is out of town as is my mom. I have a very sick cousin currently in Guat. City and she is there. The kids had left Caye Caulker for Dangriga so I am assuming them to be okay. Others are in Orange Walk and Ladyville and I also am guessing that they are okay. Having experienced Hurricane Andrew's North wall I am very worried about those left in Caye Caulker especially since the eyewall appears to have passed there and also because of the amount of time they are taking a beating. My last discussion with them about 10 pm last night they were expecting max winds of 100-110 not 135 for 8+ hours. There was no opportnity to leave. I am sure many people on San Pedro and other locales were caught in the same situation. I really appreciate yoru responding and will keep monitoring to see if there is any communication out of there any time soon. Thank you again.

Sharon
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#3054 - 10/02/00 07:42 AM Re: Caye Caulker Effects
Marty Offline
What is going to be needed on Caye Caulker, not concerned too much with
San Pedro town, as they have a well organized bunch of people and groups
too organize and donate relief. But Caye Caulker is going to be much
more difficult to deal with than San Pedro.

BTL need to get communication up pronto. Electricity next. I
personaly believe the BDF should be there rolling up their sleeves and
clearing streets, yards of debris. For about five days, that will be the
one thing.

The country of Belize has adequate supplies of almost everything in the
commercial centers. Money and transport is going to be the thing. Zinc
roofing sheets certainly, plastic tarps, nails and tools. Mostly labor
will be immediately needed by the military. To work alongside the
villagers. After Hurricane Hattie the Village Council organized a food
kitchen and also work teams with assigned jobs for a couple of weeks.
Mostly this was clearing debris, then making shelters, or repairing
quickly houses. My job at the time was getting the stuff from the
mainland to the island. The GOB paid for it about a year later. We took
it from Hofius Hardware and the Marketing Board on a paper authority by
Governor Thornly and at the point of a couple of British troops loaned to
me, armed with bullets and bayonets. We signed for the stuff, loaded
boats and went. There were riots at the time in the port of Belize City
and the place was under three feet of mud as the aftermath of the tidal
surge of 15 feet covering that town. It should not be near that bad Monday.
I think the house damage is going to be bad though on Caye Caulker and
fully expect over 70 buildings to be destroyed. Perhaps as many as 105
buildings destroyed, or severly damaged. Remember Caye Caulker is a
shallow sandbar compared to high San Pedro.
It is easier to organize donations to San Pedro, but do not forget a
fund for Caye Caulker, they are going to need it much worse. Because
they are cut off and without commmunication, their plight might be ignored.

Ray Auxillou

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