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Governor Reinstitutes State of Emergency

Sept. 16, 2004 – Gov. Charles W. Turnbull reinstituted a State of Emergency early Thursday morning, due to wide-spread flooding caused by the relentless rains following the passage of Tropical Storm Jeanne through the territory.
Turnbull said all public schools and government offices will remain closed Thursday, except for emergency workers.
Wayne D. Callwood, commissioner of the Public Works Department, said several roads on St. Thomas are closed or should be avoided due to flooding and debris in the roadways, including: Brookman Road, the area around Mandela Circle and Havensight, area adjacent to Addelita Cancryn Junior High School, Scott Free Road, Solberg Road, Boshculte Drive, Nadir Road by the bridge, areas of Harwood Highway, Crown Mountain Road in Dorothea by the garbage bins, and Mafolie Road. Callwood said some retaining walls were down roads in Anna's Retreat.
Callwood said flooding and blocked roads had also been reported on St. John and St. Croix.
"If you do not need to drive, please do not," Callwood said.
All U.S. post offices are closed until 11 a.m., according to Louis A. Jackson, postmaster.
Turnbull said he was having trouble getting information out of St. Croix, but said he had reports of serious flooding in the Mon Bijou and Frangipani areas.
The Source will provide further information as it becomes available.

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