Cleanup continues after Jeanne’s deluge

The edge of Tropical Storm Jeanne passed to the south Tuesday night and Wednesday. The government is hoping to have schools reopen Monday. However, at least a few classrooms probably will still be closed while workers shovel mud and debris resulting from the torrents which rained down on the islands at mid-week. Department of Public Works crews have been attending to roads and downed trees.

The Commissioner of Tourism issued a statement saying the islands “remain open for business and continues to welcome visitors.” Cleanup efforts are expected complete by the weekend, said Pamela Richards. All airports, seaports and govern ment offices are open, she said.

Brad Felmly, who owns Starlit Escape in Coral Bay, reported several minor rock slides threatened to close Centerline Road on Thursday and Friday, as the rains from “Jeanne left behind” continued. Public Works quickly cleared them.

Channel 2 News reported that St. John had received 18 inches of rain from the storm, as of Friday night. North Shore Road was closed for several hours on Thursday morning as Public Works crews worked to clear downed poles in the area of Maho Bay, Felmly also said..

He offered kudos to the Water and Power Authority, too, which sent several trucks down his road late Wednesday night to confirm he had electricity.

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