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Gov. Mapp Expresses ‘Solidarity’ With People of T&T After Massive Flooding There

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp has expressed solidarity with the people of Trinidad & Tobago following the dangerous flooding that is seriously impacting residents in communities in various parts of the twin-island nation.

“We in the Virgin Islands know all too well the struggles and the pain associated with natural disasters, as we continue to rebuild following Hurricanes Irma and Maria one year ago,” Governor Mapp said. “The U.S. Virgin Islands is home to a number of Trinidadians, and we join them in prayer for a complete recovery from this national disaster.”

T&T has experienced extremely heavy rainfall over the past few days leading to dangerous flood conditions.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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