Cleanup Continues in Frenchtown

A crew from Ceres cleans up trash and debris in Frenchtown. (Molly Morris photo) in Frenchtown over the Nov. 45 weekend
A crew from Ceres cleans up trash and debris in Frenchtown. (Molly Morris photo) in Frenchtown over the Nov. 45 weekend

A crew from Ceres Environmental Services, a Florida-based company contracted by Army Corps of Engineers for island cleanup on St. Thomas in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, came down and removed tons of debris from Frenchtown on Monday.

Little had been done in the weeks since the two storms, and trash had been piled up to 15 feet high in places, according to St. Thomas resident and Source reporter Molly Morris. Frenchtown residents had a meeting about a week ago and decided to reach out to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and see if they could spur some action, she said. The corps sent Ceres in.

“These kids are great. They have a wonderful crew,” Morris said.

Crew members scooping up piles of debris with a backhoe was a welcome sight, she added.

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Army Corps representatives told Congress last week they project they will ultimately remove about a million cubic yards of debris from the territory by the time cleanup is done.

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  1. Thank you for the article. As of today, Tuesday, November 7th, the debris from the Cancryn dumpster is being dumped again by McDonald’s which is getting ready to open. WHY? When we questioned the guy dumping the debris, he said he was told to bring it to Frenchtown and dump it by the person working at the Cancryn dumpster. WHY? It will need to be moved again. That’s paying twice to move debris. Frenchtown has been ignored for so long, then finally gets some attention, now it reverts to being the city’s dump. Shameful eyesore. Disrespectful to local businesses who are still without power and working so hard to keep their doors open. Please help stop this!

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