PHILIPSBURG – People on St. Maarten are feeling relieved from the emergency assistance, as well they are busy assessing the damages to their homes and cleaning up the debris.
But we are not there yet: Alberto “Chos” Romero, the director of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten received on Tuesday a preliminary estimate of the recovery costs. This will be approximately 2.5 billion dollars.
Corinne Dijkhoffz is fortunate not to have incurred any damage to her roof. Drone shots have shown that 90 percent of the buildings on St. Maarten have no roves or sustained damage post-Irma. She assumes the insurance companies will automatically compensate those affected. “But first let’s focus on getting the island functioning again”, she said. “Our personal matters will be worked out later.”