Minister of Health and Social Development, Ronnie Skelton said government is having trouble cleaning debris trapped on the territory’s hillsides.
The minister said the government was rolling out a plan to have the hillsides cleared but their plan is now foiled.
The remaining debris on the hillsides is now said to be virtually out of reach.
“We were going to offer people $5 a sheet or $5 per tonne of material to bring to some location. But, as you can see, nature has rotated the plan and we are still thinking of other possibilities,” Skelton said.
“Probably we have to wait until homes are built in the hills to recover that material again because it’s going to be very, very, very, difficult to recover most of the material. Some we can [recover] but some we will not be able to,” the minister added.
Skelton made the statement while responding to questions at a public meeting in the Third Electoral District yesterday, January 30.
Residents said hillside debris needs to be cleared urgently.
Sheets of galvanized metal and other material were blown on hillsides during the category 5 hurricanes last year.
There is a concern that the debris is a hazard because potentially strong winds can sweep them from hills and injure unsuspecting residents or visitors.
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