Mottley gives preliminary report on damage
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said today that 13 houses sustained damage, six of which lost roofs in the passing weather system.
Mottley, in giving a preliminary report, said she was in communication with officials of Barbados Meteorological Services during the night and winds had reached storm force speed in some areas. Many areas lost power and areas in the north were without power and water.
The Prime Minister was speaking at the Department of Emergency Management. Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Abrahams was also present.
Mottley said that resources have been mobilised to clear roads, and conduct assessment on damaged houses. She gave the assurance that Government will help those who cannot help themselves.
In addition, Barbados Light and Power crews are working to restore power in the north.
Trees have fallen across significant roads.
Blocked road have been prioritised. Mottley said the main highways will be cleared first, then subsidiary roads which affect districts, will be addressed.
In addition to main highways being cleared, areas subject to significant slippage, such as White Hill in St Andrew, would be prioritised.
The Minister of Public Works has mobilised all of the civil works contractors, who along with ministry officials and personnel of the Barbados Defence Force will be deployed to clear as many trees as quickly as possible.
The Roving Response team is already on the ground.
With respect to damaged houses, the Ministry of Housing and the Rural Development Commission and Urban Development Commission, if necessary, will conduct damage assessment.
Welfare and Statistical Services will assess and Government will assist where necessary.