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Contractors work to cover the damaged roof of a Frederiksted, St. Croix, home with blue plastic sheeting in the aftermath of the 2017 storms. One year and eight months later, and less than two weeks before the start of the 2019 hurricane season, many Virgin Islands residents are still living under blue tarp roofs.

Drip.

Drip.

Drip.

Lawd, eh raining pon meh head. Ah gettin wet.

The 2019 hurricane season is almost upon us. The sight of tattered “blue flags” flapping in the wind is everywhere. Granted, some homes have been repaired, but we have a long way to go.

Something needs to be done — now.

While we anticipate the actual start of the V.I. Housing Finance Authority’s reconstruction program and continue to pray that the federal government approves Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s request for additional monies, residents are getting wet while sheltering in place.

The regular tarp falls apart within weeks of putting it on the roof.

Maybe the V.I. government could make the heavy-duty blue roofing tarp available to residents at a discounted price? We would pay for it and also be responsible for hiring contractors to install it.

As an herbalist, I know the value of using our local bush to treat illness.

Our most vulnerable residents, senior citizens and children, are now being exposed to moisture and mold. These elements are the perfect recipe for respiratory illnesses like asthma.

Our local hospitals better start gearing up to deal with this pending public health issue.

My neighbors are tired of getting wet. Maybe you are too?

Our new slogan might be, ”Redo the Blue” roof.

— Glenn Brown lives on St. Croix.