Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My First Hurricane

So Hurricane Gustav has been in the news lately as it heads towards the US. En route, it passed over the Dominican Republic, raining lots and causing flooding in many places. It has now passed over and the capital seems to be rapidly recovering, but I have not seen the damage done in my community yet.

Sunday, when I left for Santo Domingo, I was expecting to stay for the day, maybe head back Monday morning. Sunday was gray and humid, both in my site, and in the capital. It rained, off and on all afternoon, each downpour getting stronger. Monday morning, I was swimming at the pool, and when I got out there was a message to "Standfast"due to an impending storm. That means "stay where you are," so my fellow stranded volunteers and I bunked down for a few days of rain, some wind, and time in the capital while Gustav wreaked havoc in most of our sites and in most of the country.

Considering the flooding that tropical storm Faye caused in my community and house just ten days before, I am sure that the more rural and vulnerable areas of the country are still recovering.

3 comments:

Ambrose said...

I hope the damage wasn't too bad, and I'm glad to hear you are safe.

Diana said...

¡Que horible! Ten cuidado, por favor...

Andrea said...

Hi Laura, My name is Andrea. I was so excited when I found your blog online, I will also be going to DR in March and I should also be working in CEDE. I know you must be extremely busy and have limited access to the internet, but if you have a minute or two could you write a little about your experience with packing and the supplies you took? I think that is what I'm having a hard time with right now. I greatly appreciate it and I wish you the best of luck. Stay safe and hopefully I'll meet you soon.