Grenada: Post-Ivan update, five weeks later

ST. GEORGES, Grenada -- Following the devastating effects of Hurricane Ivan last month, water has been restored to 90% of the island, according to the latest report from the National Emergency Relief Organization.

Electricity and phone services have been restored to several areas in the parish of St. George, including the capital city, St Georges; the Grand Anse and Point Salines areas; the parish of St. Andrew; and surrounding areas.

The islands main roads are cleared and open to traffic as are many banks, shops, marinas and gas stations. A curfew remains in effect for the St. George and St. Andrew parishes from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Point Salines International Airport is open to regional and international flights between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Carriers serving Grenada include BWIA from New York (Kennedy) and Miami via Trinidad; Air Jamaica via Montego Bay, Jamaica, and its thrice-weekly nonstop flights from Kennedy. LIAT and Caribbean Star also operate daily flights into Grenada from surrounding islands. Meanwhile, the port is operational and several cruise lines are expected to resume calls later this month.

Because Ivan did not create storm surges or high seas, the islands reefs and wrecks were undisturbed. Aquanauts Grenada dive shop is open at True Blue Bay resort; closed are dive shops at Spice Island, Grenada Grand Beach, Coyaba Beach, Allamanda Beach and Calabash Hotel. Dive Grenada at the Flamboyant Hotel reopens in December.

On the hotel sector, Allamanda Beach Resort has some undamaged rooms available; Bel Air Plantation is fully operational and accepting guests; Blue Horizons will reopen within four months; Calabash Hotel is closed through Oct. 30; Coyaba Beach Resort has severe damage and will reopen next October; Flamboyant is expected to reopen Dec. 20 with 36 of 61 rooms; Grenada Grand Beach is open; Laluna is expected to reopen Nov. 25; LaSource has no damage but is currently closed to guests.

In addition, Mariposa and Monmot hotels are open; Rex Grenadian and Siesta Hotel are closed; Spice Island lost 90% of its roofs, most of its main facilities, and is closed for a year; True Blue Bay Resort is open with several rooms and expects to be fully operational by Dec. 1.

For details, visit www.grenadaemergency.com.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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