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Successful re-roofing after November 2019 Storm

Report and photos from Tristan Administrator Sean Burns
on Tuesday 5th November 2019

We had excellent weather today. No wind and no rain. The team started at 06:30, worked non stop all day and roofs were finished by 16:00. The Administration, IT and Police Station buildings are secure and watertight.

This has obviously been a setback to the post July storm repairs but we are confident we can get things back on track.

A fantastic effort from all. Many thanks.

Work underway on the Administration Building at 9.20am

Roofing teams at work on Police Buiding (right) and Administration Building (left) at 11.15am

Progress on the Police Building roof at 11.30am

Administration Building roofing progress at 11.30am with
four men standing on the roof of the Internet Cafe.

View of both re-roofing jobsat 11.45 am

Almost finished - the view of the Administration Building and Police Station at 1.30pm.
The Administration Building (usually just called the Admin Building or even New Building by some)
was once referred to as 'Whitehall' - it certainly now fits that Tristan Government's HQ knickname.

Sean and Marina Burns treated the roofing teams to celebratory refreshments
in The Residency garden after their splendid work.
Note the far left grey roofing panel which replaced a red panel blown off during the July 2019 storm
which had a wider impact on the island.

November Storm Photo Report

Report and photos from Tristan Administrator Sean Burns

The storm started with heavy rain during the afternoon of Saturday 2nd November. Leaks were discovered in the Internet Cafe and Communications Building and phone links were lost. As a precaution to prevent damage internet links were switched off. The south-easterly storm continued to produce short squalls of severe hurricane-force winds which occurred through the evening and night. These caused structural damage to a line of buildings on slightly raised ground towards the west of the village, repeating severe damage to the Police and Administration Buildings that occurred in July 2019.

Photos taken on Sunday 3rd November

This large container was again blow over a low lava block wall to block a village road as it was in July 2019.
The buiding left will become a cement store and was prepared for re-roofing following severe damage in July.
It suffered no further significant damage in November.

The recently laid roof of the Administation Building was (almost) completely
ripped away by the storm overnight on 2nd/3rd November.

Another view of the de-roofed Administration Building
and showing the damaged Police Building beyond (see below)

Damage to the Post Office and Tourism Building was minor and mainly limited
to the east gable end seen here being repaired on Sunday 3rd November.

Work was underway at first light to repair the storm-damaged falt-roof front of
this island house, situated south of the Administration Building.

Photos taken on Monday 4th November

IT Team of Nicky Swain, Simon Glass and Leo Glass get the island back on-line during the afternoon of 4th November. 
Communications equipment was switched off as a precaution when the room housing it began to leak,
and it was protected with plastic sheeting. Now repairs have been made the team are shown pleased with their prompt work. 

Photos above and below show the exposed Administration Building being made
ready for extensive roofing work planned for Tuesday 5th November.


The Police Building was again severly damaged, with considerable sections of 
the newly laid roof being removed by the 2nd/3rd November storm.

We plan to publish updates as further news emerges and photos are taken.



Storm Damage Update on 4th November 2019

Update from Administrator Sean Burns

Tristan da Cunha CrestKey points from a satellite phone received from Sean Burns by Chris Carnegy on Monday 4th November 2019.

The one damaged islander's home was repaired yesterday (Sunday 3rd December).

Repairs are underway in the Admin and Police buildings. Better weather is expected tomorrow (Tuesday) and it is hoped both will be weathertight again by the end of Tuesday.

Communications equipment was switched off as a precaution when the room housing it began to leak, and it was protected with plastic sheeting. It is hoped that links will be restored when things dry out in the next few days.

We add that family and friends should be reassured that everyone on the island is safe and ask them to be patient until normal communications are restored. We will report further news as soon as we receive it.

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