Saipan Mayor’s Office moves into villages for cleanups


After helping clear Beach Road of debris left behind by Typhoon Soudelor, the Saipan Mayor’s Office is now training its sights to remove debris inside Saipan’s villages.

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang said his office continues to receive calls from people in villages requesting for debris removal, mostly trees blocking pathways or lying on top of their homes.

Apatang earlier said his office is working with the Department of Public Works and the Department of Public Lands and Natural Resources’ Division of Parks and Recreation in cleaning up the island. The Emergency Operations Center is coordinating the islandwide cleanup effort.

Saipan Mayor’s Office special assistant Henry Hofschneider said the EOC directs the Saipan Mayor’s Office on where to clean up.

“But yes, we are already clearing debris in the villages,” he said.

In related news, Hofschneider said they have already spoken with two representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assess the damaged facilities of the Saipan Mayor’s Office, but hey have had no updates so far.

The Saipan Mayor’s Office animal shelter in Lower Base will need more than $100,000 to repair the damage sustained from Typhoon Soudelor. Hofschneider said that FEMA had given them 60 days since Aug. 19 to come up with the shelter’s damage cost and what needs to be repaired.

“When we met with the FEMA representatives, they gave us what we needed to put for documentation…So we still don’t have the cost of damage yet and what they will be giving us,” he said.

Jayson Camacho | Reporter
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