by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – Caribbean airports seriously damaged by powerful Hurricane Maria are reopening, capping weeks of repairs and renovations to dry flooded terminals, replace missing roof panels, and remediate any mold from passenger and staff areas.
The Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands is scheduled to resume commercial flights on Thursday, the Virgin Islands Port Authority said on Twitter this week.
The USVI’s other airport, the Cyril E. King International Airport (STT), reopened Sept. 28.
“Both airports had tremendous amount of water damage. Water damage brings with it the destruction of electronic equipment and the production, potentially, of mold,” said David Mapp, the executive director of the Virgin Islands Port Authority, in a video posted to Facebook.
“We’re going through the building and the areas where people would be and where they work for testing air quality,” Mapp explained.
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