October 14, 2016
All roads in New Providence have been made passable as of 6 p.m. Monday, according to a statement from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works Philip Brave Davis.
Last Thursday, Hurricane Matthew left a trail of devastation in New Providence with most roads impassable.
"In advance of the event, my ministry busied itself preparing our transport infrastructure to withstand the onslaught by trimming overhanging branches, clearing drains, and strategically placing heavy equipment to allow immediate post-hurricane clearing operations," Davis said.
"These measures resulted in the flood waters receding quickly.
"Even before the all clear was given, my officers began carrying out inspections and clearing obstructions.
"Within 24 hours, the Ministry of Works was able to ensure that all major routes in New Providence were passable.
"As far as we are aware, apart from a few exceptions where the trees are entangled with power lines, there are no blockages on New Providence roads.
"In those cases, my ministry is working with Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) to remove these as well."
Davis said the cut trees have been placed on the sides of the roads. They will be removed over the next week or so to be mulched, he said.
"At the same time, drains will be cleared to minimize flooding in the case of rainfall," Davis said.
"I commend the enthusiasm of my staff who, notwithstanding personal losses, rose to the challenge of disaster response, many of them working outside of the realm of terms of their employment.
Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority employees yesterday filled garbage bags with trash, removed debris, and trimmed large uprooted trees from numerous locations throughout New Providence after hurricane Matthew caused significant damage on the island last Thursday. (Photos: Ahvia J. Campbell)
"It is because of their commitment to our recovery that we have attained this milestone achievement within four days. I acknowledge the contribution of ordinary citizens, many men and women, who initiated self-help activities to clear roads.
"As well, I thank our contractors who stood ready and took action as directed. This is yet the beginning of a long haul to recovery."
Davis advised residents to inform his ministry of any blockage it may have missed, via the Ministry of Works and Urban Development's Facebook page, on 302-9700, or through NEMA on 322-6081.
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