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Marine group seeks tropical storm relief

Although Tropical Storm Erika delivered nothing but a soaking in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, the storm caused significant damage to the Commonwealth of Dominica, a small island of 289 square miles in the Caribbean.

Twenty people are confirmed dead and others are still missing. Damage to homes and local businesses has left hundreds homeless and many without a means of income,” Dominica Marine Association president Hubert Winston said in a statement.

“Many major bridges were destroyed and the roadways have been rendered impassible. Access to essential services, including communications, electricity and clean water, has been severely disrupted,” he added. “To compound matters, the main airport on the island was severely damaged, keeping much-needed relief supplies from getting to those who so desperately need relief.”

The marine association is appealing to the international marine and yachting communities for assistance.

Yacht owners who would like to bring in supplies such as diapers, baby formula, baby bottles, bottled water, nonperishable food, dry food, school supplies, battery-operated lamps, batteries and personal hygiene goods should notify the trade group before entering port (Roseau or Portsmouth) so the customs duties can be waived on arrival.

Those who would like to send money can do so from an established Crowdfund link.

All proceeds from the fund-raiser will go directly to the Dominica Red Cross, the marine association’s water taxi efforts and the Office of Disaster Management.

For information, contact