Duguid: Hurricane StrapIt to save roofs

Minister of Housing and Lands Dr William Duguid (right) speaking to the media after an assessment of damage in Rosemont Housing Area yesterday. Looking on is new general manager of the NHC, Ian “Cupid” Gill. (Picture by Jameel Springer.)

The National Housing Corporation (NHC) is set to launch a new programme called Hurricane StrapIt, as Government moves to retrofit roofs.

Minister of Housing and Lands Dr William Duguid revealed this yesterday during a visit to Rosemont in Deacons, St Michael, where he and a team of officials were doing assessments in the wake of damage sustained from Hurricane Elsa.

He said there was a lot of design work to be done in terms of how the country moved forward with roof building and roof design.

“We can also mitigate as well by adding things after the roof is done. We can also do a lot of retrofitting, and I will shortly be coming to the country with a programme with hurricane straps called Operation StrapIt, where we will be offering members of the public hurricane straps where they would be able to retrofit it to their roofs,” he said.

The minister said the NHC had received reports of over 250 units that had leaks and problems with their roofs, had already completed 14 blocks in Deacons, and was working in Rosemont yesterday to get as many units repaired as quickly as possible.  (RA)

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