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Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers mobilised for the second time in a week to help clear the roadways in the aftermath of hurricanes Paulette and Teddy.

More than 75 troops were embodied for Teddy, but senior officers said the storm had caused little damage.

Captain Kenji Bean, the officer in charge of the hurricane response teams, said five Immediate Response Teams were on duty, with one based across the Causeway in the East End.

Captain Bean added Royal Bermuda Regiment teams carried out reconnaissance patrols on Monday morning before the IRT teams went out in the afternoon on clean-up operations.

He said: “Our job was to clear the bus routes and deal with any trouble.

“There wasn't much — just some debris and branches on the roads, that sort of thing. There were also one or two trees they had to cut back.”

Captain Bean added: “We have been very lucky — we weren't called on to do any major work this time.

“But if we had been required to deal with much worse damage, we were ready and willing to pitch in and get the job done.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Ben Beasley, the RBR's Commanding Officer, said: “The regiment fulfilled its duty to respond to any crisis.

“It's always a good thing if we don't have to deal with anything major and we did carry out route checks at the request of the Public Transportation Board to make sure the roads were in good shape.”

Colonel Beasley added the embodied troops had “serviced their equipment, restocked their trailers” and hit the roads yesterday at 5am in case high winds overnight caused more damage.

He said the RBR Coastguard had carried out checks around the coast by road to assess storm surge damage to houses close to the water.

Colonel Beasley added: “It's been a learning experience — there is always the risk of flooding and one of our routine roles is to lay sandbags if needed.”

He said that two RBR soldiers, Officer Cadets Sheldon Fox and Leeann Tucker, whose flights were delayed because of Teddy, would head out on Thursday to the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, to start a tough eight-week commissioning course.

Colonel Beasley added: “It's part of our commitment to help our soldiers become the best versions of themselves and offer meaningful routes to personal and professional advancement — which is useful in both the military and their civilian lives.”

He said: “We are always seeking fresh new talent and offer an exciting life in the military for those who choose to serve their country.”

Disaster relief: more than 75 Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers took to the roads and beaches to begin the cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Teddy (Photograph by Corporal Andre Place/RBR)
Clean-up operation: regiment soldiers clear a road in Smith's after Hurricane Teddy (Photograph by Corporal Andre Place/RBR)

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Published September 23, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated September 23, 2020 at 2:36 pm)

Regiment soldiers out in force for Teddy

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