Removal Of Typhoon Debris From Saipan Could Take 6 Months

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Soundelor leaves behind 220,000 cubic yards of debris

By Junhan B. Todiño

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Aug. 21, 2015) – Typhoon Soudelor left an estimated 220,000 cubic yards of debris on Saipan, according to the mayor’s field operation director, Joann Aquino.

Aquino, who recently attended a briefing by U.S. Army Corps and Engineers, said she was told that it will take six months to get rid of all the typhoon debris.

[PIR editor’s note: Marianas Variety reported that ‘Almost 20 days after Typhoon Soudelor battered Saipan, residential areas and secondary roads around the island are still littered with debris. …[However,] the island’s main roads, including Beach Road, are nearly cleared of debris, according to DPW acting Secretary Pete Camacho. ... He said DPW’s priority is the main roads that provide access to Commonwealth Utilities Corp. personnel who are fixing power poles.’]

As part of the working group with the Emergency Operation Center, Aquino said the mayor’s office has been tasked to conduct debris-cleanup operations. She said they have been cleaning up in the following areas: Quartermaster traffic light to Chalan Kiya traffic light, AK Toyota traffic light to Joeten-Kiyu library traffic light, and Joeten-Kiyu library to Susupe Beach Park.

The mayor’s office is also assigned to remove the debris from the Chalan Kiya traffic light up to the Northern Marianas College traffic light, the NMC traffic light to San Vicente traffic light, Quartermaster Road to AK Toyota traffic light, Susupe Beach Park to Mobil Chalan Piano traffic light, Chalan Piao traffic light to Koblerville Tototville housing area, Mobil Koberville to As Perdido traffic light, As Perdido traffic light to the Airport Road, and As Perdido traffic light north to Shell Dandan traffic light.

Due to many requests for debris removal from residents, the mayor’s office is advising residents to segregate the debris by type: vegetation, including branches and fallen trees; construction and demolition materials, including wood and tin roofing; and white waste, which consists of appliances and electronic gadgets.

Mayor David M. Apatang said they continue to get assistance from the private sector in their debris-removal operations.

These companies include Tang Construction, ITS Equipment Rental, GPPC and Best Sunshine which is paying the wages of 30 temporary employees involved in the cleanup.

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