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VIWMA Urges Public To Avoid Old Hospital Ground Near Legion Hall After Sewer Line Break

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise team advises the community of a collapsed eight-inch sewer line, which has led to a manhole overflow in the #2 Old Hospital Grounds (American Legion Hall) area.

VIWMA staff and contractors will begin work to repair the collapsed section of sewer line to cease wastewater overflow on Sunday, July 1, 2018. They are looking into spartan plumbing pipelining installation to help stop this problem from happening in the future.

Residents are asked to avoid the standing water in the vicinity of #2 Old Hospital Ground (area above Gallows Bay Dock).

The Authority advises the motoring public to traverse with caution or consider the use of alternate routes near the impacted area.

“Deodorization will be administered locally to minimize odor impact to residents,” VIWMA said.

The VIWMA Preserving Paradise Team continues to work diligently to provide reliable services and would like to thank the community for their patience and cooperation.

For additional information, contact Communications Management at (340) 513-4171 or email

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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