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Jun 5, 2008

U.S. Army will supply Bailey Bridge at Kendal

Story PictureRelief operations continue in flood affected areas with life rapidly returning to normal—or at least as normal as life can be without household goods—and in some cases any house at all. The best news received today is that, after a visit by engineers from the U.S. Southern Command, the United States government has agreed to donate a two hundred and seventy-five foot long Bailey Bridge to replace the one washed away at Kendal. According to Ministry of Works C.E.O. Cadet Henderson, the bridge can be delivered in forty-five days. It is a donation, although erection of the single lane span will be the responsibility of the government. A number of the World War Two era bridges—used by the Americans to replace those blown up by retreating Germans—were donated in the 1980’s and continue to hold up well across the country. In the meantime, work has begun on a temporary solution to allow vehicles to cross the normally shallow river.

Meanwhile in the north, government has announced plans to begin work on vital sugar cane feeder roads damaged by the recent floods.

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