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CHRISTIANSTED – When the electric power system in the U.S. Virgin Islands is rebuilt, it will be stronger than it has ever been. The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA), with help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), plans to harden the power grid so it can withstand hurricanes with

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SAN JUAN — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has said it did not have a “phasing” plan in place for getting resources to Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria devastated the island last September. Meanwhile the agency’s supply warehouse on Puerto Rico had zero cots, zero tarps and an almost negligible

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CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Kenneth Mapp has urged residents of the territory to take necessary precautions even as Hurricane Beryl, the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, weakened to a tropical storm and is expected to pass south of the Virgin Islands in the days ahead. After meeting with

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp addressed an audience of community members, business owners, hurricane experts and policy makers at the final meeting of the USVI Hurricane Recovery and Resiliency Task Force on Tuesday. Governor Mapp thanked the members of the Task Force who presented impressive information about the territory’s

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CHRISTIANSTED — The top federal official charged with disaster response and recovery highlighted more mismanagement by the territorial government nearly a month into the 2018 hurricane season and almost a year after hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the Virgin Islands. In a press conference Wednesday, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator

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SAN JUAN — Hurricane Maria ripped away part of the steel roof from Carmen Lidia Torres Mercado’s home in the Puerto Rican capital. Nine months later, she is still relying on a blue plastic tarp to protect her home, even with a new storm season already two weeks old. Torres

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CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Kenneth Mapp met with Federal Emergency Management Agency leadership on Tuesday to discuss advancing the rebuild and repair of Virgin Islands schools, hospitals and public housing and to share his concerns about protecting residents in the event of a major storm this season. Governor Mapp explained to

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By SORAYA DIASE COFFELT/INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR I have been speaking out and calling for this administration to be financially accountable and transparent to the people of the Virgin Islands and its auditors for over a year, all to no avail. As a result, we continue to see, hear and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– Governor Kenneth Mapp has directed the Virgin Islands Finance Department to release more than $30 million to pay AECOM for performing work on the Emergency Home Repair VI program, which is repairing thousands of damaged homes across the territory. Of the total amount released, a check for

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Contractors tasked with rebuilding thousands of hurricane-damaged houses in the Virgin Islands have not been paid for months, exposing a rift over how to pay the bills in a territory facing a severe cash shortage. About 10,000 damaged homes in the islands are slated for repair through

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