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FEMA official: 3,000 poles need to be replaced

A FEDERAL Emergency Management Administration official said a total of 3,000 poles need to be replaced on Saipan and Tinian.

 Bill Roche, deputy regional administrator for FEMA Region 9, also announced at a press conference on Thursday that President Trump approved additional typhoon recovery programs including emergency debris removal.

“Once that program is on, we can start moving toward reimbursements for trucks that remove debris,” Roche said.

As for the 3,000 poles, he said they are now expediting a contract for their acquisition.

Roche said after Typhoon Soudelor hit Saipan in 2015, they replaced 778 poles, half a dozen of which were knocked down by Typhoon Yutu.

“The rest of them are still standing up so their resiliency has been proven,” he added.

Roche said there are more than 200 FEMA personnel on island assisting the residents, and more personnel are arriving.

Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, said she was tasked by Adm. Philip Davidson, commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, to help the Commonwealth in its hour of need.

She said about 350 troops are on island to assist in the recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Chatfield said more help from the Department of Defense and other federal agencies are coming to ensure that people’s lives get back to normal again.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108611-fema-official-3-000-poles-need-to-be-replaced

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