Link 1 plus schools remain closed today

POSTED: 10/15/14 7:30 PM

St. Maarten —Schools remain closed today as cleanup efforts continue in the aftermath of hurricane Gonzalo. Link One in the Cay Hill area also remains closed today until further notice as a precautionary measure due to rock falls.

“Cleanup is required at certain schools; some schools were damaged and debris has to be removed. School management teams along with Ministry Vromi will continue to carry out an assessment on Wednesday and the public will be informed when schools will re-open,” a news release from the government information service stated.

On Tuesday afternoon the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) re-convened to assess the situation in the country.  The Emergency Services as well as technical crews from the utility companies continued to work throughout Tuesday including the evening hours as part of the national recovery effort. The Department of Social Services will be opened today from 8.00am to 3.30pm to assist persons in need.  “Persons will be assessed on their individual needs/circumstances.  Priority will be given to the most vulnerable (senior citizens, handicapped/disabled),” the news release states.

GEBE has had several teams working to restore electricity in parts of the following areas with downed low tension power lines: Dutch Quarter, Sucker Garden, The Keys, AT Illidge Road, St. Peters, Cole Bay, Point Blanche, and Cay Bay.  “Due to the soaked ground it is difficult to plant new electricity poles; the damaged poles will be removed as well as any live cables.” Currently less than one per cent of electricity consumers are without electricity;

Businesses and government offices are able to operate as normal once they assess their own individual circumstances and meet standard requirements according to their licenses. Persons residing in hilly areas are asked to exercise caution.

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