Press Release
16 August 2017 - 10:36am

The Ministry of Communications and Works is continuing its efforts in remedying the infrastructural damages caused by the Tropical Wave on August 7.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Communications and Works, Mr. Anthony McMaster said that teams have been mobilised to clear and clean roadways and guhts throughout the Territory.

He added that the ministry is also assistingpersons where possible but will be handling request by priority and severity.

“The Territory was affected greatly by the wave but we will return to a point of normalcy. We have already sent teams out to clean all of the major ghuts and public roads. We are hopeful that we will address all major infrastructural damages before we get into the height on the hurricane season.”

The community is being asked to do their part in helping the recovery efforts of the Territory by doing the following:

  1. Removeall derelict vehicles from the roadways, including boats and heavy equipment not in use. During natural disasters such as hurricanes, vehicles can be swept away and cause blockage of free-flowing water to ghuts, drains or off the road way that may result in flooding.
  2. Clear all debris and loose garbage on property.
  3. During recovery clean-up, children should be monitored and not allowed on the public road where water is flowing.
  4. Telephone the Public Works Department’s complaint line at 468-6006 to report all damaged roads, potholes, collapsed walls, fallen rocks, damaged guard rails, etc. Please leave message if phone line is busy.
  5. Telephone the Water and Sewerage Department’s complaint lineat 468- 6000 to report all damaged water and sewer line. Please leave message if phone line is busy.

The community is also asked to stay abreast with the weather updates through the Department of Disaster Management’s website at www.bviddm.com, its Facebook page @ddmbvi, or the local radio weather forecast. Residents are encouraged to stay prepared throughout the hurricane season as August to November are considered peak months for heavy rainfall, tropical storms, and hurricane activity.

The Ministry of Communications and Works thanks the community for their resilience and assistance thus far. Standing Strong, We are ONE BVI.

Author

Nekita Turnbull

Information Officer II
Department of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468-2730
Email:  Neturnbull@gov.vg

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