By Phedre Dumouriez
The first group of evacuated AP residents got to return to their Lowertown homes on Monday, after being forced to flee earlier on the weekend, and many were dismayed with what was waiting for them.
Waterlogged trash and construction debris were everywhere, along with sharp pieces of scrap metal, old barrels, washed up cars and bikes, and even a few capsized boats - include a giant ship that got washed up along the beach.
The mudslide that had caused residential homes in Uptown to slide down into the sea presented its own share of problems, with tons of rubble and clay to be dealt with prior to any new construction being able to get started.
Without any outside help, any clean up efforts were left solely to the residents of the island, who came out 'en-mass' to do what they could to bring their little town back to its original beauty - whether pitching in personally, or helping through more philanthropic efforts.
Now, only a couple of days after the storm's destructive force, AP is already starting to look like its old self thanks to the efforts - both physical and monetary - of its residents. With this kind of community spirit, our little town should be back to ship shape in no time!