updated 1:09 PM PDT, Aug 18, 2017
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Most things Back to Normal

Although His Excellency the Acting Governor, Mr. Robert Mathavious in consultation with the Premier, Dr. the Honorable D. Orlando Smith and other officials have agreed that Government Offices will open for business today Thursday 10th August, a few private entities will still remain closed.

Heavy rainfalls on 7th August resulted in flood damages to various homes and businesses and as a result many of the clean-up and restoration efforts will continue today. In fact the Public Works Department announced that today Thursday, the Hope Hill road will be closed and only residents in the areas will have access. All other persons are required to use alternate routes.

Similarly the Department advised of a road closure at Johnson's Ghut/ Purcell Estate in the area of Brewley's Superette. The PWD stated that there will be no entry during 9am to 4pm today as the Department carries out urgent road works to the drainage in the area.

Meanwhile, the First Impressions school which is located in the Johnson Ghut area announced that it will be closed. "The school had minimal water inside thankfully. After today's assessment with the clearing of the road, due to the difficult accessibility into Johnson Ghut and our internal road needing to be cleared of rocks and debris as well, we are unable to open school until Monday 14th August,"The school said.

Although most things are expected to return to normal today the DDM still advised that rainfall may occur. The DDM has stated that the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services forecasts indicated that some showers, which could be moderate to locally heavy at times, are possible. These conditions are expected to linger across the area into Friday.

Premier Grateful

“We are all grateful to God that no lives were lost,” Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced in his recovery statement following the flooding disaster the Territory experienced as a result of the 17 inches of rain that fell in less than 17 hours causing great loss to businesses and homes.

While declaring that the BVI is now in clean-up and recovery phase following the effects of the Tropical Wave that affected our Territory on 7th August, the BVI Leader noted that it was truly an unprecedented experience for the Territory.

However, Hon. Smith noted that assessments thus far indicate that while the entire Territory experienced heavy rains, most of the damage is concentrated on Tortola. “An initial assessment has shown significant damage to the road network on Tortola, as well as interruption of the water distribution system. Schools throughout the Tortola have also sustained damage,” he said.

Reports from BVI Tourist Board indicated that overall the industry escaped relatively unscathed. I am pleased to say that the tourism industry both on land and sea remains operational. All the airports and seaports throughout the Territory are currently opened and fully functional.

Premier Smith announced that multi-agency teams including representatives from the BVI Red Cross, Rotary and other volunteer organizations have been established and have started to assess the damage incurred. This assessment, he said will give a full picture of the relief and restorative work that is needed.

Additionally, Hon. Smith explained that work is being done on homes, critical infrastructure, and government facilities. He also mentioned that although several homes were flooded, there was no need for any of the emergency shelters to be activated.

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