Coordinator of the Resettlement Program, Lucien Blackmoore, has announced that ten potential sites have been identified so far for Petite Savanne residents who were displaced following the ravages of Tropical Storm Erika.
This he said while addressing a press conference on Wednesday.
“We have identified 10 potential sites so far across the island stretching from as far north where we call the region of Cotton Hill, that is in the Portsmouth region,” Blackmoore stated.
Some of the areas include Colihaut, the Warner flats, “that’s in the upstream of the Jimmit housing area, coming down all the way down to the south region of the country, we are looking at potential areas of Bellevue Chopin,” Blackmoore explained.
He stated the La Plaine area is also being explored since there has been a close relationship between that community and Petite Savanne over the years.
“We are also looking within the La Plaine area because La Plaine is also significant for us since that situation we are faced with is not only a physical one, but we have to be mindful of the social and cultural imperatives,” he remarked.
Blackmoore described Petite Savanne as one of the iconic villages with a very strong culture, “a very strong tradition and of course the people have been seriously affected and we have to be mindful of that.”
He noted that the entire community might not be located to La Plaine “but we also want to make sure in our planning and our response that for those who may have interest and intent of going in the La Plaine area, that we will try to accommodate their needs as well.”