Ash clean up continues

Ash cleanup Jan 2010-workers in FrithsSALEM – Clean up crews continue to work to clear the ash from the roads, drains and communal areas in the areas of Friths, Salem and Olveston. These areas received significant ash fall over the Christmas holidays.

Azaret Metrio Zintos

The clean up effort is being funded by the Government of Montserrat and coordinated by the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA).

On Friday, Chief Minister Reuben T. Meade visited the affected areas to assess the situation and in consultation with officials from the DMCA, Public Works and Police established procedures and designated locations in the unsafe zone for disposing the ash.

A DMCA road sweeper and bobcats are in operation, along with road crews and vehicles from the Public Works Department.CM Meade at site of ash cleanup

Since the resumption of activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano last October, the northern portions of the island have received significant ash fall.


Captions: Clean up crews work in Friths to clear the roads and drainage systems from ash, which comes from the Soufriere Hills Volcano. (Courtesy GIU)

Chief Minister Reuben T. Meade (right) looks on as the road sweeper clears ash from the roads in Salem on Friday morning. (Courtesy GIU)