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Except for small pools or receding water at various areas, and signs of areas where trees had fallen, all is back to normal in the Territory following the passage of Dorian, which started as a tropical storm but morphed into a hurricane.
The Territory was spared from any major storm related incidences, except for down trees, storm related road blocks and flooding.
In a statement on Wednesday evening, Premier Hon. Andrew Fahie noted, “We have had no reports of loss of lives, serious injuries, major property damage, crimes or problems in relation to businesses being compromised. We did, however, experience some major flooding on the outskirts of Road Town with some damage to buildings reported and debris on some roads in those areas.”
In fact, the Premier opined that the ease of the situation can be attributed to preparation and preventative works that were taken at the start of the hurricane season.
“I am optimistic that the preventative work that your government has been doing over the past few weeks to clean and clear ghuts and other major watercourses of debris would have helped to reduce the impact of the heavy rains on vulnerable areas. We will continue to do this throughout the Territory,” Hon. Fahie said.
The BVI Leader also stated that he was pleased and proud of the way the people of the Virgin Islands conducted themselves during the passage of Dorian, given the sudden turn of events and the short preparation time they had.
On the sister island of Virgin Gorda, Ninth District Representative and Minister for Natural Resources, Immigration and Labour, Hon. Vincent Wheatley mentioned that the road was slightly affected and he cautioned his constituents to use the North Sound road with caution as lots of rocks have fallen onto it.
Hon. Wheatley announced early Thursday morning, “We were able to move most of them (rocks) but some still remain.”
Meanwhile, His Excellency Governor Augustus Jaspert announced that government services resume today and that all heads of departments and other government managers were expected to report to work at 8:30 a.m. as usual to assess their various departments, while other public officers were advised to report for duty at 10:00 a.m unless they are notified otherwise.
The Governor also expressed appreciation for DDM, police, fire, medical and other essential services and emergency personnel who he said worked diligently to ensure that residents could all stay safe.
“I am also incredibly grateful that you the people of the Virgin Islands were prepared early and stayed safely sheltered as the most intense portion of Dorian passed,” Governor Jaspert added.