Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has advised residents of Petite Savanne to avoid returning to that community permanently since the area is still deemed as unsafe.
Addressing a meeting recently with residents who were displaced following Tropical Storm Erika which severely damaged the island on August 27, he pleaded with them to pay attention to their safety.
“I am not only speaking to you as the leader of the country but someone who has had a very personal connection with Petite Savanne, and I understand the nostalgic, I understand the emotional attachment to the community,” he said. “Yes some grass may have grown back, so it’s looking safe in some places, yes you can get from one point to the other, but we have to all admit and agree that overall the community is not safe. These things do not have to wait for rain for the earth to move, it can move in dry time.”
He stated that although some residents may return to the area to during the daytime to harvest something, he thinks it is not a good idea to reside there permanently.
Skerrit gave his word that the government will pay rent for the displaced residents.
Petite Savanne was hit hard by Erika. After the storm, the area was deemed unsafe and the members of the community were evacuated.
In July 2016, the government signed a contract with Montreal Management Consultants Est (MMCE) for the building of houses for the resettlement of the people of Petite Savanne in Bellevue Chopin.