Remembering the good from Humberto
I write once again, your column, not complaining, but giving praise and thanks to where it’s due.
First, I would like to thank Minister of Public Works Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch and his great team of workers — from the works and engineering department to the parks department.
These men and women worked tirelessly, after Hurricane Humberto ravaged parts of Bermuda throughout. A most impressive clean up was given to all major roads, side roads and public parks.
Most apparent damage was located at the western end of the island, especially around Ely’s Harbour. Many small boats, yachts and larger crafts were damaged, sunk, some even destroyed.
Many parts of Somerset and Dockyard were all affected by the high winds of the storm — even some mini-tornadoes. Quite a night to remember.
The storm continued its path down to the western side of the island to the East End. With many utility poles damaged, some needing replacement, coupled with a loss of power for many island wide.
One saving grace, we received very little rain, which surely would have caused further problems.
Many of our homes and businesses sustained major roof damage, across the island. What was truly noticed was the speed the roads were cleared of downed trees, leaves and all other vegetation impeding traffic flow.
No one could call their employers saying they couldn’t make work or be late for work because the roads were blocked with trees, and other problems, associated with the storm.
Amazing what can be done when we all work as a team. Works every time.
Our parks, including the Botanical Gardens suffered major downed trees, palms, hedges and other shrubs and fauna. Even they were addressed, getting all to look more presentable for both our residents and our tourists.
I’m sure more of internal areas of these parks, which can’t be viewed in just passing by. It will certainly take more time assessing all damage to most trees, especially those that can be saved, and all those that must be removed. This of course will require extra time.
A second thank you must be given to mayor Charles Gosling, and also the dedicated Corporation of Hamilton team of workers. Each of them, did an excellent job, clearing the streets of Hamilton of all felled trees and debris, in quick time, making Hamilton accessible and ready for the working public to transit the streets, and all parking facilities.
I’m sure, there are some areas of Hamilton that will require extra time and patience to repair fully.
My point with all this is that all work was done very professionally. I was totally blown away with the hard labour, accompanied with some extremely rough conditions. But they managed to bring our island home and cities back to some sort of normalcy in a fast time.
A big thank-you to each of you. A job well done.
They did it as a team.
H. GORDY GIBBONS
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