Hurricanes Irma and Maria highlighted the challenges and some of the needed and effective solutions for “critical access” roadways – both public and private.
CBCC commissioned a report to get a snapshot of some of the post-storm drainage and road conditions in Coral Bay. The draft is available for download here:
We intend to add additional information, photos, and roads/neighborhoods as soon as feasible. The conditions shown in the report are as of mid-December. Many of these neighborhoods took steps after the storms to grade the roads for current safe access, which is not reflected in the report. The report will serve as useful baseline for some of our discussions about both critical access and mitigation efforts with local and federal recovery groups and agencies. We welcome thoughts on how to improve the report and information, so it is actionable in the near term.
We are also concerned about drainage conditions, lack of retaining walls, landslides and more on the main public roads on St. John Route 10, 107, 108, 20 and their interaction with drainage – from “Ridge to Reef.”
To help prepare to apply for FEMA support to mitigate future hazards of landslides, flooding and roadway losses, CBCC commissioned a set of 7 Stormwater Engineering and Roadway Drainage Evaluation memos in 2018 using a grant to CBCC from the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, for the needed analysis.