ST JOHN ISLAND: HURRICANE IRMA / MARIA NEWS / INFO
UPDATED OCT 9, 2017: On September 6, 2017 at approximately 11:00 am EST HURRICANE IRMA barreled through the Virgin Islands. This CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE packed sustained winds over 150MPH and gusts over 185MPH! As you might imagine the islands of St John and St Thomas were heavily damaged. In the days since IRMA passed over the Islands, US Military, National Guard, FEMA and private organizations and citizens have supplied aid.
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What does this mean for your existing St John vacation rental?
On-island managers and owners are assessing damage and repairs. Basic services should be restored to Cruz Bay in the coming weeks. During this time communications will be limited. We ask that you are patient; and allow enough time for tel/electric/internet to be restored before contacting the owner/manager about your booking.
What does this mean for travel to St John during the coming 2017/2018 Season?
The Island has sustained an incredible amount of damage. Some of it will be repaired quickly. Roads are already cleared for traffic. Local businesses will require varying amounts of time to make repairs and reopen. At the time of writing, the car barge has established a scheduled route. The passenger ferries have not been cleared to resume their routes.
“We have already heard from some of our Villa Owners – that their homes have only minor damage – while others will require extensive repairs.”
In the coming months it will become more apparent what condition St John Island will be for October, November, December and January travel. Please stay tuned as we will update this page frequently with news and information vital to your vacation plans. As the Island recovers, we hope you’ll show your support by coming and enjoying St John even as we continue the process of rebuilding and repair all that Hurricane Irma and Maria have destroyed. Much Love – Love City!
ST JOHN AID DONATIONS
Here are the two established and trusted St John aid organizations we recommend. Donate directly …and avoid the fees charge by sites like GoFundMe!
St John Community Foundation
The St. John Community Foundation is committed to collaboratively identifying and addressing community needs to enhance St. John; A True Paradise in which to live, work and visit!
Their website: http://thestjohnfoundation.org/
St John Rescue, Inc.
is an all volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives and building a better community through participation, education, and community spirit. St. John Rescue, Inc. was officially launched on November 30, 1996 when it was granted status as a 501(C)3 corporation by the United States Virgin Islands government.