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Gov’t will spare no cost to recovery – O’Neal

A roadway damaged during the recent heavy rains on the island of Tortola. Photo Credit: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/BVI News Online

In his first report on the impact that the recent tropical wave had on the Ninth Electoral District, representative of the constituency Dr Hubert O’Neal yesterday declared that he and the government will spend whatever money is needed to ensure there is full recovery from the flooding and landslides.

“The process of recovery has begun, and I assure you that I and the government of these Virgin Islands will spare no cost to see the full recovery of our beautiful islands, especially as we prepare for the upcoming tourist season.”

“All hands are needed at this time and I urge you to pitch in and help wherever you can,” added Dr O’Neal who – according to some constituents on social media – has not been visible in his district.

His comments about post-rain spending come days after works minister Mark Vanterpool disclosed that Government is seeking funds from the Caribbean Development Bank to help recover from the ‘millions of dollars’ in losses resulting from the tropical wave.

Dr O’Neal noted that, unlike persons on the island of Tortola, those in his district were largely spared the full wrath of the tropical wave. But there was ‘considerable’ land and beach erosion on Virgin Gorda.

“We are emerging and slowly recovering from the devastating floods… Thank God for his mercies as no lives were lost. But many individuals and business owners have suffered major loses at their homes and places of business. I extend my sympathies for all who suffered, and I pray for your healing as the territory digs out from the ruins…” Dr O’Neal said.

He continued: “My people of Virgin Gorda and Anegada were largely spared the full wrath of the [tropical wave]; thank God. I can report that most damage occurred on the Nail Bay Road to North Sound, where there has been considerable landslide resulting in erosion of the drains and subsequent undermining of several sections of the road.”

“There has also been considerable beach erosion at the Crawl, Spring Bay, Virgin Gorda. Anegada, fortunately, was relatively unscathed,” Dr O’Neal further explained.

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