It seems as though the major damage in the village was to a dock and dive shop at the end of the village pier. Heavy winds collapsed the dock and small wooden structure. Numerous people were pitching in to help with the clearing and cleanup of the debris.
We made it back to The Pickled Parrot, one of the few, if not only place open for lunch. It’s nearly 12 hours now with no electricity, so no service for cell phones. A few people had contact via social media and the reports coming from the islands were not good. The BTL (phone company) on the main street was the only place to pick up a signal. So when you see several people standing against the fence, facing the building, frantically trying to dial…..yes, phone service is down. You gotta love this place!
With Placencia being on the southern tip of the eye of the hurricane, we missed a direct hit. Knowing this, most were aware that Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker probably suffered severe damage. With Ambergris Caye being the #1 tourist destination in the country, the tiny island is heavily populated with vacation homes and island resorts. All reports are showing that there was major damage to the piers and several dive shops on the island of Ambergris Caye.
As for Placencia, Earl took a northern turn and only left minor damage to this beautiful, quaint village we have quickly come to love!