NEWLY UPDATED, GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Due to the fire at the Pond Island landfill, the Prime Minister in collaboration with the Council of Ministers have taken the following decisions after assessment of the current on-going situation.
All schools in the Philipsburg area will be closed and parents/guardians as well as school bus operators are asked to pick up the school children from the schools in the aforementioned area. The Police Department will assist with the potential traffic challenge in the Philipsburg area.
Residents and business owners are asked to use discretion and allow employees with respiratory challenges to take the necessary measures to avoid the wind driven smoke.
All persons are encouraged to purchase nose and mouth masks from local hardware stores as a preventative measure against smoke inhalation.
Additional information will be forthcoming as warranted.
ADDITIONAL UPDATE - GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Due to the fire at the Pond Island landfill, the Prime Minister/Minister of General Affairs Leona Romeo Marlin in consultation with the Minister of Education and other relevant entities, hereby makes known that the Charlotte Brookson Academy will not open for classes today, Monday, February 5.
The Fire Department which falls under the Ministry of General Affairs, continues to monitor the situation at the landfill.
UPDATE EARLY MONDAY MORNING - GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The fire at the Pond Island landfill has grown and Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin has decided to close the Government Administration Building for Monday, February 5.
Civil servants who work in the Government Administration Building are not to report to work due to the heavy smoke in the area. This means that government services out of the building are closed for Monday, February 5. The Prime Minister apologizes to those who may have had appointments scheduled for Monday for any inconvenience that this may cause.
The access roads to Pond Island via the Soualiga Boulevard has been closed.
The Fire Department from the North side of the island has been requested to assists the fire authorities on the South side of the island.
Additional information will be forthcoming during the next few hours.
The Fire Department, is advising persons living downwind from the landfill fire, to close windows and doors, especially persons who have a respiratory challenge such as asthma, or shortness of breath.
The Fire Department along with the company responsible for the management of the landfill are working diligently to extinguish the fire.
ARCHIVE, SUNDAY, FEB.04 - GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Part of the landfill on Pond Island is on fire.
The Fire Department, is advising persons living downwind from the landfill fire, to close windows and doors, especially persons who have a respiratory challenge, and for persons who suffer from asthma, shortness of breath, or any other respiratory challenges.
The Fire Department is monitoring the situation at the landfill on Pond Island. The company responsible for the management of the landfill is working diligently to extinguish the fire.