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Clearing roads top council's priority list

Tevita Vuibau
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

THE Lautoka City Council is placing a priority on getting roads cleared in order to restore some normalcy to the Sugar City as Tropical Cyclone Evan moves away from the Fiji group.

At the height of TC Evan, 110km to 180km per hour wind gusts caused many powerlines to fall and uprooted trees around Lautoka, blocking off many roads.

Lautoka City special administrator Praveen Bala said teams were on standby at Churchill Park ready to get out into the field as soon as weather cleared.

"The teams are sheltering under the main pavilion and I have spoken with the officer in command of the military here in Lautoka and he has assured me that we will have their full cooperation," Mr Bala said.

"Clearing roads right now is our priority as we want to ensure that people are able to move about to and from their homes and have access to essential services."

Mr Bala said he had not expected the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Evan to be so extensive but added the council did all in its power to get prepared.

"We did not expect such destruction but we did what we could and the damage that occurred today were really out of our control."

He said that while there was no monetary estimation yet on the damage caused by TC Evan, the bill for the LCC would be huge.