An Island Parish: After the Hurricane

An Island Parish: After the Hurricane



2017 was not a good year for Anguilla. In September, Hurricane Irma devastated the small Caribbean island. Homes were left without water or electricity for weeks and schools and businesses were destroyed, while many people discovered everything from their kitchen appliances to their roofs had disappeared.

The new British governor, Tim Foy, had taken up his post just a fortnight earlier and had the unenviable task of co-ordinating Britain’s response to the crisis – which included a flying visit from Boris Johnson. As we see here, Anguilla’s human population remained surprisingly stoical about the disaster, but the wildlife suffered too – nearly all turtle nests were destroyed in the hurricane.


Cameras return to the Caribbean island of Anguilla in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which struck in September 2017. When Simone Connor and her father Neville returned to their restaurant and leisure complex, they discovered that everything had been blown away, while Dr Linda Banks realised the only way to get water to her house was with a bucket. To make matters worse, the holiday trade that the economy depended upon ended overnight. This film records the remedial efforts of new British Governor Tim Foy, who arrived just two weeks before Irma struck. Narrated by Sophie Okonedo.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Sophie Okenedo
Editor Michael McGill
Executive Producer Donna Clark
Producer Chris Mitchell