Washington delegation visits USVI to witness recovery progress

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Officials representing various federal committees visited the US Virgin Islands last week for an update on the territory's recovery

ST THOMAS, USVI — Members of Governor Kenneth Mapp’s Cabinet met with Congressional staffers last week to apprise federal officials of the US Virgin Islands’ ongoing recovery efforts and progress, and to highlight the need for resources in several critical areas.

Issues discussed during the briefing included the status of infrastructure repairs, such as roads and traffic lights; the need for resilient, permanent medical facilities for the territory; removal of sunken and damaged vessels; resources needed to repair roofs and housing damaged by the hurricanes, including historic structures; and restoration and hardening of the territory’s power distribution systems.

“We continue to be grateful to our federal family for their unwavering support in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and we thank the delegation for visiting the territory to meet with our local leaders,” said Mapp. “We are confident that with continued support, we will be able to build a stronger, more resilient US Virgin Islands.”

After the meeting, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) accompanied the delegation on a tour of damaged areas in St Thomas, including the Schneider Regional Medical Center.

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