AN assessment of the damages and impact to the economy caused by the passage of Tropical Storm Bret was still underway when we went to press yesterday afternoon, however we were able to determine that the island suffered no fatalities or major incidents as a result of the weather system.
Tropical Storm Bret passed over Saint Lucia on Thursday evening and early Friday morning with heavy rains and strong winds which were short of hurricane status. Despite that, it downed power lines, flattened banana crops, damage roofs, caused flooding and mudslides in some communities.
So far there has been no report of infrastructural damage. Meanwhile schools were closed both Thursday and Friday in preparation for the storm and the cleanup after its passage. Police were out in full force until the all-clear was given.
The police force reported a burglary in the city. The St. Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC) estimated a loss of 60 percent of their network as a result of the storm’s passage over the island. Power was restored to many areas by press time yesterday.