MAPPING MATTHEW: Port Royal Residents Stand Firm

October 03, 2016
Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer Residents along this road in Port Royal say that aside from a few sheets of zinc that may blow off their roof, they do not usually suffer much damage from hurricanes. Despite pleas from the authoritioes for the residents to leave, they have decided to remain in their seaside community.
Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer Fishermen have seecured their boats in Port Royal.
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Residents of Port Royal are standing firm in their decision to remain inside the precincts of their seaside community for the duration of the much anticipated Hurricane Matthew.

“We live through all of them, from Gilbert and Ivan onwards, and nutten no do we, so we naw move. The most damage we get over the years is one and two sheet a zinc move off a some house but we safe,” said the small group of women who claim English ancestry.

They told THE STAR that the Local Government authorities sent a bus to take them to a shelter but only four of their number took up the offer.

“Them no treat you good at the shelter, conditions no good there. Even out MP promised us a good spot upstairs but who going to take care of our furniture and things when we we gone?” 

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