Construction material for rebuilding Statia arrives

The first shipment of construction material for rebuilding arrived at Gallows Bay.

ST. EUSTATIUS–The first shipment of construction materials for rebuilding on St. Eustatius following the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria have arrived.

  A second shipment is currently underway and will reach the port of Statia during the weekend. The first transport was carried out safely under the guidance of the Caribbean Netherlands Police Force KPCN.

  The building materials, mainly wood, steel and zinc, and the cost for tendering are being funded by the Dutch Central Government.

The rebuilding will be taking place in several phases and will, at this time, be focused on rebuilding homes that were most severely damaged by the storms.

  The project is managed and monitored by Project Manager Raboen de Sanchez Pacheco, supported by Austin van Heijningen of the Department of Infrastructure and Economy, Disaster Coordinator Edris Bennett, Esmond Hook of the Public Works Department, Ms. Francis and Operational Supervisor Wim de Jong, under the supervision of acting Island Governor Julian Woodley.

  In addition to contractors the project hopes to realize minor repairs through social initiatives.

  On Thursday, November 2, the Rebuilding Team is hosting another meeting with a select group of homeowners who have suffered material damage to their homes. They will be briefed on the process for rebuilding their homes in the second phase of the project.

  The acting Island Governor recently addressed inhabitants via local radio. In his statement he requested homeowners to cooperate with the Rebuilding Team as well as the contractors.

  “I know many homeowners are eager to return to their homes for the Christmas season. I have asked contractors to focus on rebuilding strong in accordance with the Construction Code BES. This is the main goal,” stated Woodley.

Source: The Daily Herald