“This is a horrific disaster. There will be no restorations or solutions in days or weeks,” Gov. Kenneth Mapp said at a news conference Saturday. “Let’s manage our expectations.”
St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island have been without any electrical service for more than five days, Mapp said.
The islands caught a break when Hurricane Jose, which had been bearing down in Irma’s wake, altered course, sparing them from a powerful follow-up storm.
A curfew was in effect on St. Thomas from 6 p.m. to noon, authorities said. However, authorities said a handful of people were ignoring the curfew and had been arrested. The curfew was in place in order to facilitate recovery efforts, Mapp said.
Mapp said that relief supply distribution centers had been opened and were distributing food, water and tarpaulins for shelter.
However, residents should understand there is a limit to the supplies, Mapp said.
“We’re going to be giving out more of those and you’re not going to get to a distribution center in one day and get everything that you need,” Mapp said. However, more supplies including tarps were on the way, “and we’ll be able to get that covered.”
The Federal Emergency Management Agency had begun airlifting supplies into St. John, Mapp said. Residents in need of disaster relief can register at 1-800-621-3362 from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. seven days a week. You can also register online for disaster relief by clicking here.
“We did have some minor bedlam, if you will, at the corrections facility in the Farrelly Justice complex,” Mapp said. The facility had been without power for days, he said. “We were able to quell that situation and get provisions and rations into the facility.”
All of the prisoners, however, were to be evacuated from the facility Sunday. Mapp would not discuss how they would be evacuated or where to for security reasons.
CBS New York