Causeway reopens at 1.10pm

  • A Works and Engineering crew block the causeway as the island braces for Hurricane Gonzalo. (Photo by Mark Tatem)

    A Works and Engineering crew block the causeway as the island braces for Hurricane Gonzalo. (Photo by Mark Tatem)

The Causeway reopened at 1.10pm today after swift efforts to repair the damage from Hurricane Gonzalo.

The authorities had hoped to relink the Island with the East End at about noon but work took a little longer.

Only one lane of traffic is in use.

Premier Michael Dunkley said this morning that damage assessments were being carried out and there would likely be one-way traffic for a couple of days.

“Works are getting it opened right now,” Mr Dunkley told the Emergency Broadcast Station at 11am.

“I want to get our St George’s brothers and sisters back as soon as we can.

“There was minor damage to the safety wall, no visible damage to the structure itself.

“I’m extremely thankful.”

Divers were due to check the sea walls of the Causeway and police and the Regiment were seen there at 8am examining the damage.

Elsewhere in the East End, the airport had a small patch of roof missing over the entrance, while St George’s Seventh Day Adventist Church had lost part of its roof.

Bermuda Perfumery had a palm tree on its roof this morning and boats were littering the shoreline of Mullet Bay.

A boat ended up on an island in the centre of Mullet Bay and a boat was off its blocks in St George’s Port, with two boats off their blocks at St George’s Boat Yard.

The roof at the Visitor Centre in St George’s was damaged, and the White Horse Tavern lost its roof.

A lot of trees came down across the East End but police and the Corporation of St George’s were out in full force from early this morning to clear the roads.

The mast of the Deliverance snapped off, while Long House, the long pink building behind Dowling’s Gas Station, was missing the entire front section of its roof.

Small sections of roofs were missing from buildings across St George’s and a large cedar tree had been uprooted on Queen Street.

“The damage is not too severe, it’s damage you would expect from a Category 3 hurricane,” one resident told The Royal Gazette this morning.

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Published Oct 18, 2014 at 11:41 am (Updated Oct 18, 2014 at 1:26 pm)

Causeway reopens at 1.10pm

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