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Jun 5, 2008

Resident’s video shows Gales Point at height of flood

Story PictureOn last night’s newscast we took a look at the aftermath of massive flooding at Gales Point and Mullins River Villages. Our team had literally just stepped off the boat and we immediately brought you George Tillett’s video footage along with Kendra Griffith’s commentary. Tonight we return to Gales Point, but this time with some remarkable pictures taken at the height of the storm. The photographer is Nicole Andrewin, a longtime resident of Gales Point, now residing in San Ignacio, who was visiting the village on that fateful night when the waters of the lagoon rose beyond belief. We’ve combined her shots with some of yesterday’s interviews into a package that only just begins to convey the terrifying experience.

[Images of flood and damage...]

Nancy Bailey, Owner, Manatee Lodge
“My husband is born and grown here and he said in his whole life he never si flooding like this.”

[Images of flood and damage...]

Nancy Bailey
“The bed was floating and the bed was high and the desk turned over all the works of the lodge, all the water heater, washer, dryer, the whole kitchen, stoves refrigerator, freezer, all ah dat. Everything.”

[Images of flood and damage...]

Ionie Samuels, Chair, Gales Point
“Everybody mi di sleep when di thing happen and weh really happen when we wake up to it the morning, we find out that we were flood out.”

[Images of flood and damage...]

Karen Trumback, Resident, Gales Point
“About three-thirty the morning a neighbour came and tell me that the water is already high and when I come downstairs I couldn’t save anything. The water was high already so I lost everything.”

[Images of flood and damage...]

Mildred Williams, Resident, Gales Point
“We got some pig right and one drowned and when he jump up dah straight inna water, so we try get them pan high and so and while we inn di house like di water di get high.”

[Images of flood and damage...]

Karen Trumback
“One day at a time noh. Di greatest part we have life fi try get things back together. It might be long but we got to do that.”

[Images of flood and damage...]

Since our reports News Five has been informed that the supply of fresh water has been restored to the village and that the level of the lagoon continues to recede. Again, thanks to Nicole for those dramatic pictures.


Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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