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Aug 5, 2016

Recovery Efforts Underway in the Old Capital, but CitCo Needs Your Help

Darrell Bradley

According to Mayor Bradley, the area of Southern Foreshore, particularly near the House of Culture, has been recognized as one of several locations in need of urgent rehabilitation.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“We also have identified the debris surrounding the House of Culture so that we are going in there cutting down as much of the fallen trees as possible and then carting those away. And then also we’ve identified St. John’s Cathedral and the surrounding areas so that for tourism purposes, we are prioritizing those areas. We have also, as I mentioned before, had a rapid deployment along the area of Yarborough and Caesar Ridge Road because just visually speaking, those were the most impacted area. There were many streets in Belize that were impassable. We were talking about streets like Marine Parade, Newtown Barracks; and we have cleared all of those streets. The areas where we could not remove the larger trees and debris, what we’ve done is that we’ve left those to the side. What we want to emphasize is that we want members of the community to assist us. It’s an effort which we will be coordinating, hopefully in terms of an urgent massive deployment of personnel by Sunday evening. But definitely for the next two weeks, we will be on alert in relations to the cleanup efforts. So we want residents to assist us with cleaning out their areas; we saw a lot of that over the hours since the storm. We want that to continue and we are asking people to put out their garbage. We are going around the clock in picking up those things, but we need the community to assist. We are also asking a lot of the business persons likewise to begin t e efforts to recall their workers and have the area cleaned up and put the garbage out so that we can clean those. The priority right now is the carriage way and the access way; so that we are not concentrating right now on cleaning people’s yards. We’ve gotten significant amount of calls that trees have fallen within people’s yards, they want us to come in and assist them in cleaning and cutting down trees. We are doing some of that, but that’s not the priority. The priority is access ways for business, for traffic, for emergency vehicles and restoring the city back to operational normalcy. As soon as we finish those works—and we expect that the bulk of the work will be finished by Sunday evening—then we will deploy additional resources and assets to help people with the work within their yards and within their area. But we need residents to really come out to assist us with the cleanup efforts because it is quite substantial. I have done several tours along with Councilor Willoughby throughout Belize City, and every single lot that I have passed has been affected; if at least only by tree damage. So that we want every single member of our community really to assist in relation to the cleaning of their area; even if they can assist in terms of cleaning in front of their yard. Right now, our resources are stretched to capacity and we want the city to come back to full operation as soon as possible.”

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