The Rains Came

After a long period of relative drought, it rained today in St. Lucia. And let me tell ya’ gassa, it rained seereeously.

The bus came OECS bus came early to take us to the public buses because it had rained all day and there were reports of flooding.  When we got in to downtown Castries, the streets the ditches/storm sewers were flooded, the streets were flooded and shopkeepers were either watching the water nervously or they were pushing the water back from their doorways to avoid indoor flooding.  We drove though water that was up past the wheel wells – steam coming off of hot brake pads and engines as the vehicles went deeper.

An article in the St. Lucia Times read:

“Persistent heavy rainfall over Saint Lucia over the past few hours has raised the possibility of flooding and landslides in parts of the island prone to those hazards, the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services has said.”

On the way home to Rodney Bay, the ride was fairly smooth but visibility was way down and emergency vehicles were barreling down the middle of the two-lane highway. Traffic going toward Castries was backed up forever – must have been a large accident.

I used the umbrella family brought when they visited for the first time and I was still soaking wet upon reaching home.

I think this is just ‘rainy season’ weather but I could be wrong. Climate change is real in the Caribbean and the effects create strange weather: Christmas Eve flooding wreaked havoc in 2013, recent drought conditions, wild fires and difficulties for subsistence farmers.

Excerpt from St. Lucia Times on a 2015 Climate Change Initiative:
“Climate Justice also recognises that it is the poorest and weakest in society, that are and will be the most vulnerable to climate change and its impacts on agriculture, fisheries, settlements and infrastructure.”