Relief effort begins to rebuild San Mateo homes hit by Hurricane Earl

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Pictures of homes trashed by Hurricane Earl in San Mateo.
Pictures of homes trashed by Hurricane Earl in San Mateo.

San Mateo was hit harder than we imagined by Hurricane Earl.

According to San Pedro Food Bank co-founder Brittney O’Daniel, 49 familes are affected,  in leveled or “half-destroyed” homes.

The local social activist has set a goal of $20,000 BZD to fund the cost of plywood, zinc roofing, hammers, nails and other building supplies to rebuild the homes.

san-mateo1Says O’Daniel, “Alright San Pedro, we need to rebuild a few homes in San Mateo that were destroyed by the hurricane! Which means we need money for plywood, zinc, lumber, nails, etc! We’re looking for donations as well as people to come help rebuild! If you have a few dollars you can spare let us know! Let’s not leave 49 families in half destroyed homes! Let’s help them rebuild! It will take almost 20k to get all of the materials needed!!”

Alexandria Boiton forwarded these pictures to me, from Brittney. “We are working together bringing awareness on the damages,” said Alexandria. Brittney “is scouting for volunteers to rebuild and I’m trying to organize fundraisers to buy supplies needed.”


If you are in San Pedro, donations can be dropped off with Brittney O’Daniel at the Sandbar hostel on Boca del Rio or with Steve Jacobson at Lola’s Pub on Barrier Reef Drive. You can also sign up to volunteer to help rebuild San Mateo.

More information on volunteering and donating will be posted here as it is firmed up.


5 thoughts on “Relief effort begins to rebuild San Mateo homes hit by Hurricane Earl

    Bill Graham said:
    August 13, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Please let me know as details firm up and needs are outlined. I have 30 years in Canada as an electrical contractor as well as a building contractor with experience in both Custom homes and sub-divisions. I would love to help out by volunteering my expertise in any way that it could be used.


      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      August 14, 2016 at 5:22 am

      That is great, Bill. I’m sure your expertise will be invaluable. I’ll pass on you contact information to Brittany O’Daniel who is leading the charge on this one! Thank you.


    jack g said:
    August 18, 2016 at 10:17 am

    looks like first Friday trash pickup is going to be a big one!! looking forward to flying in late September, any word on Cocotal dock?


      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      August 20, 2016 at 6:56 am

      Hi, Jack. We had a delayed First Friday trash pickup — on the second Friday of August. There were about eight of us, plus our stalwart friends from Grand Caribe attacking the trash from the north! Even focusing on ordinary roadside trash, rather than hurricane junk, there was a huge task in front of us. And hot, oh Christ, was it hot!

      Don’t know about the Cocotal dock. Sorry. Anyone been up that way?


      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      August 21, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Just bicycled up past Cocatal and stopped in. Their dock survived although some clear damage to pilings. The hurricane lifted the dock’s pilings partially out of their bedding, some slight undulation to the decking. Not bad, considering.


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