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“Assistance Not Approved:” Iowa Woman’s FEMA Ordeal Presages Turmoil Ahead as Climate Disasters Worsen

This syndicated article offers a wider view of challenges we have faced or are currently facing relative to the federal agency which the territory relies heavily upon for disaster relief.

FEMA Obligates $61 Million to Housing Authority to Restore Public Housing

According to the V.I. Office of Disaster Recovery, the funds obligated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the Public Assistance Program are earmarked to execute eleven projects, nine on St. Croix and two on St. Thomas.

Lawsuit Claims Human Trafficking, Forced Labor in Hurricane Repair Program

Eight men allege they were victims of human trafficking and forced labor after they were recruited to perform hurricane home repairs on St. Thomas on the promise of earning $2,200 weekly, but were never paid and suffered inhumane working conditions

WAPA Defers Payment on Disaster Loan, FirstBank Lines of Credit

The board of directors of the V.I. Water and Power Authority voted Thursday to allow the utility to defer payments due on millions of dollars in existing lines of credit with FirstBank and its Community Disaster Loan with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Magens Bay Authority Grappling with Sargassum, Other Issues

A sargassum seaweed invasion, problem boaters, and issues securing FEMA authorization to rebuild a bathhouse destroyed by Hurricane Irma were all on the table at a meeting of the Magens Bay Authority board on Friday.

WAPA Ready to Begin Underground Projects on St. Croix

V.I. Water and Power Authority representatives and government officials broke ground on Wednesday to mark the beginning of three underground projects on St. Croix that involve burying power lines, transformers and other equipment. 
Electrical power grid in silhouette. (Shutterstock image)

FEMA OKs $4.4 Million for First Phase Of Microgrid, Battery Project

The first phase of WAPA’s plan to develop an 18-megawatt electrical microgrid with a battery storage system for the west end of St. Croix has received an initial wave of federal funding.

Watershed Project Aims to Improve Water Quality in the Territory

A FEMA-funded project begun in March is devising a watershed plan for the territory because heavy rainfall is not soaking into the ground in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Andres Torizzo, president of Watershed Consulting, told St. Croix businesspeople at a virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday.

COVID-19 Vaccination Outreach Gets Big Shot in the Arm on STJ

A whole community effort led to 155 COVID-19 vaccine dosages administered at the Morris de Castro Clinic in Cruz Bay on March 20, according to a news release issued Friday by the Federal Emergencvy Management Agency.

UVI Getting $4.1 Million for St. Thomas Dorms and Libraries

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently awarded up to $4.1 million to the University of the Virgin Islands to retrofit the dormitories and library on the Orville E. Kean Campus on St. Thomas.





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