ST. THOMAS - Several Dominica fundraiser efforts are under way to help those recovering from Tropical Storm Erika.
The Dominica Disaster Relief Committee was born Friday night, and it will begin taking donations starting today at 2:30 p.m. at Dominica Cargo, which is behind O'Henry Dry Cleaners in Tutu.
Every day for the next week donations are welcome at that location in the afternoons.
"We are looking for dry goods, baby supplies, medical supplies, building materials and tools," said Loreen Bannis Roberts, the committee's chairwoman. "We also would like hygiene products and even cash."
ST. THOMAS - Staff from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were present on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John on Thursday in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika.
"This is one of the first times I've seen FEMA staged on all islands," said FEMA External Affairs officer Lauren Lefebvre. "We're staged on St. Thomas and St. Croix, and we have someone on St. John," she said.
Lefebvre and other FEMA staff had been in the territory for Hurricane Danny, but immediately transitioned to address Tropical Storm Erika, she said. "This is one of the first times we've deployed before the storm. I think it's a wonderful move."
Tropical Storm Erika put down almost all of St. Croix's nine power feeders Thursday night, but she hardly touched the rest of the territory.
The only power feeder still functioning shortly before midnight was No. 5, which provides electricity to Luis Hospital.
VITEMA's Emergency Operations Center at 9 p.m. Thursday had the following power-related incidents on record for St. Croix:
- Feeder 9 - affecting Adventure, the racetrack, Central High-Clifton Hill area and Educational Complex.
Wastewater facilities on St. Croix were running on generator power Friday in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika.
Stella Saunders, communications manager for the V.I. Waste Management Authority, said the William's Delight Pump Station was "offline due to a problem with the generator, but is being monitored by staff."
Solid waste disposal on St. Croix was hampered, but Saunders said transfer stations would be open today.
ST. THOMAS - V.I. Waste Management Authority Executive Director May Adams Cornwall said Thursday that her contractors can't get out and pick up trash until they get an all clear this morning that all the roads are passable.
"I will have folks out doing an assessment on our pump stations. We have treatment plants that will need to be assessed," she said. "The first thing we worry about is flooding. Our stations are built to operate under floodwaters; however, if they lose power, they have to go on generator."
V.I. Water and Power crews started early Friday morning assessing and repairing damage from Tropical Storm Erika, and they will continue to do so on St. Croix throughout the weekend.
WAPA had feeders powering mid-island St. Croix - UVI, the Sunny Isle Shopping Center and Central High School - and parts of Christiansted at 100 percent on Friday night, said WAPA Executive Director Hugo Hodge Jr.
Power restoration to the rest of the island still was in progress by press time this morning, with electricity partially restored to the remainder of Christiansted and the south shore, and to locations that included Clifton Hill, the Golden Rock Shopping Center and Orange Grove.