Community News
One month after
2017-10-06
One month after
A month after Irma, an island cleaned!
A month after Irma, an island cleaned!
A month after Irma, an island cleaned!
A month after Irma, an island cleaned!
A month after Irma, an island cleaned!
A month after Irma, an island cleaned!
A month after Irma, an island cleaned!
A month after Irma, an island cleaned!
Already a month ago, the 06 September 2017, the island of Saint-Martin was violently touched by Hurricane Irma, changing forever the landscape of our tourist territory. In 30 days, the community of Saint-Martin mobilized the local forces and implemented an important dynamic to clean the territory.

The day after Hurricane Irma passed, President Daniel Gibbs took the lead. He organized the Community Post-Cyclone Crisis Center, mobilized staff and designated experienced executives, in order to set up field logistics at his side, in the face of the immense task of cleaning up the main road axles and of the territory and the clearing of the most inconvenient bulky items.

Entrusted to the executives of the Sustainable Development Center of the Collectivité, this field operation required a particularly heavy logistics, knowing that many companies providing services in the community were themselves victims of crises and lack of equipment. Very quickly, the work was organized, thanks to the means present on the territory.

50 local companies mobilized by the Community
In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, the president mobilized local businesses in the framework of OTC public procurement, with the backing of the state, in order to act quickly. At the height of the device, no less than 50 companies worked under the auspices of Semsamar on behalf of the Collectivity. These companies have hired many young people from the different neighborhoods to clean up in record time. In support of the many local cleaning actors, aid has come from the Guadeloupe Region and other French communities.

In a few weeks, our island has changed face, a considerable work has been accomplished. 11 sites to deposit bulky waste (wood and wood waste) and household waste have been installed in the four corners of the island to accommodate the countless quantity of bulky. As soon as the access road to the Grandes Cayes ecosite (destroyed by the hurricane) was traced, it was then possible to transport the first waste to the site. The broom of the trucks was then able to begin and gradually the clearing has borne fruit.
To optimize this cleanup in high-rise neighborhoods such as Sandy Ground, Agrément, Grand Case or Orléans, the community organized one-time clean-up operations supported by driving bans for motorists to facilitate teamwork.

While the Saint-Martin community has put all its energy into the success of this operation, it has received valuable help from the various French army corps (the French Navy, RSMA, and all the contingents present on the territory) which sent important means on the spot (cf: exceptional device of the famous "Tonnerre", flagship of the Navy Nationale), without forgetting the solidarity of the Saint-Martinois who helped to give back a few colors at the Friendly Island.
One month after the hurricane, the road ahead is still long, especially the reconstruction which is in its infancy, but the work already done is no longer to be done and represents a considerable step forward for our ultramarine community, whose population can be proud.

With this in mind, President Daniel Gibbs, the community of Saint-Martin, its territorial advisers and its staff, wish to welcome the involvement of Semsamar and Saint-Martin businesses and thank the communities and people who have strongly invested in cleaning.