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We’ve had another 24 hours of high winds and drenching rains as Haiti felt the effects of nearby tropical storm Hannah. The rain started around midnight Monday night and when we got up yesterday morning, our flat roof had several inches of water on it, the storage depot was flooded and there were several tree branches down in the yard. It rained on and off all day, with intermittent heavy winds, but we did not suffer any further damage. We talked with friends in Port-au-Prince, who said that several areas there were flooded again. The worst hit area was Gonaives and St. Marc, with extensive flooding leaving thousands homeless. This is the same area that was flooded in hurricane Jeanne. They are north of Port-au-Prince and very distant from where we are. Fortunately, the UN and other aid organizations are trying to get to the area to provide relief.

This morning, we heard that the road up to Gatineau is in very bad condition and may be impassable in our vehicle. One of the small rivers that flows in the area overflowed its banks and flooded the road, bringing with it huge boulders and debris. We need to pass through that area to get up to the clinic. We’ll try to find out more information today before we attempt the trip up the mountain tomorrow. We very much want to get up there to be able to attend to people in need of medical care, but, as with most things in Haiti, we are at the mercy of the Lord and the forces of nature.

We appreciate your continued prayers for us here in Haiti and for the notes of encouragement. We will try to keep you updated on conditions here as they occur.

We’re presently reaching 48 hours of constant rainfall here in Jeremie, as a result of tropical storm Gustave. We were actually up at our clinic on Tuesday afternoon when it rained up there, but when we came down the mountain, there was no rain in Jeremie itself. That evening, the winds started, followed by rain, which has been heavy at times, then will stop for short periods, only to start up again a few minutes later. We haven’t ventured out from our house since Tuesday evening, but we’ve heard that the Grand Anse River, which is the largest river in the area, has reached the height of the bridge passing over it. This bridge is the only structure connecting Jeremie with the rest of the country. Everyone and everything coming in to Jeremie crosses this bridge and without it, we can’t go anywhere out of town. It’s a big suspension bridge that normally is about 50 feet above the water. So, to have the river reach the bridge is a notable event!

We were unable to go up to our clinic today, but trust that our neighbors up there are staying dry and safe. We haven’t had any significant damage here at our house in Jeremie, except for losing some branches on an avocado tree and a few downed banana trees.

Internet access has been intermittent lately, but we appreciate everyone’s prayers and concerns. We are likewise praying for you and for those in the future path of this storm.