President Preval has made a declaration that no large trucks or buses can come up our mountain road between 3 and 8 PM. He does not want to be stopped in traffic on his way to his mountain home, so he made this new policy. But the government did not announce it over the radio or in the newspaper, so we did not know anything about it!
So Ernst spent all day downtown getting a container released and then finding trucks to load the boxes on to bring up the mountain. They got to the mountain road in Petion-ville and the police stopped them. They said that they could not come up the mountain road until after 8 PM. Well, that is way too late to start unloading the trucks. None of us wanted to be up at Fort Jacques that late at night!
Ernst and Wadson asked everyone in the police station to please allow them to come up with the donations. They explained that it was for an orphanage and they still wouldn’t let them come. They said if President Preval needed to come up the road and saw them then they would be in trouble.
But Ernst and Wadson would not give up and finally an inspector who they had talked to earlier said he would look at the contents of the trucks and if it was really for an orphanage then they would let them come! Finally, at 5:00 PM, they were allowed to come up the mountain!
It is freezing cold in Fort Jacques tonight. It was about 60 degrees F. and very damp. During the hurricane, the rain along the port where the container was stored was bad on Friday night. Our container was on the ground and all of the boxes on the floor of the container were soaking wet!
We had lot of people helping and they got both trucks emptied quickly. It only took about 1 1/2 hours to empty two trucks! I think that is a new record! Now comes the big choir of sorting everything, getting it ready for distribution, and then barn emptied and ready for the next container to be released!
Posted on Tue, November 9, 2010
by Dixie Bickel