ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – Elegant cruise ships dock in the ports of St. Thomas daily, bringing tourists to parts of the islands that appear to be fully recovered from the 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria. But a few miles west, in a neighborhood speckled with roofs capped by blue tarps, just past an old motorcycle and down more than 100 crude steps, lives a former U.S. Olympian still waiting for repairs to his damaged house.
Like many older people and those with disabilities on St. Thomas Island, Jim Kerr, 78, lives alone. Although he no longer can see the silver medal he received as part of the 1964 Olympic pentathlon team, the pride of the win is fresh in his mind.
Ariel Salk traveled to the US Virgin Islands with a team to speak with hurricane survivors dealing with wind and flood damage and the psychological trauma the lasts for years after the storm. This is episode one of News21’s four-part documentary series “State of Emergency.”