We’ve had another 24 hours of high winds and drenching rains as Haiti felt the effects of nearby tropical storm Hannah. The rain started around midnight Monday night and when we got up yesterday morning, our flat roof had several inches of water on it, the storage depot was flooded and there were several tree branches down in the yard. It rained on and off all day, with intermittent heavy winds, but we did not suffer any further damage. We talked with friends in Port-au-Prince, who said that several areas there were flooded again. The worst hit area was Gonaives and St. Marc, with extensive flooding leaving thousands homeless. This is the same area that was flooded in hurricane Jeanne. They are north of Port-au-Prince and very distant from where we are. Fortunately, the UN and other aid organizations are trying to get to the area to provide relief.
This morning, we heard that the road up to Gatineau is in very bad condition and may be impassable in our vehicle. One of the small rivers that flows in the area overflowed its banks and flooded the road, bringing with it huge boulders and debris. We need to pass through that area to get up to the clinic. We’ll try to find out more information today before we attempt the trip up the mountain tomorrow. We very much want to get up there to be able to attend to people in need of medical care, but, as with most things in Haiti, we are at the mercy of the Lord and the forces of nature.
We appreciate your continued prayers for us here in Haiti and for the notes of encouragement. We will try to keep you updated on conditions here as they occur.