Government has issued emergency permits for contractors to cut slate, in the wake of hurricane damage caused by Humberto.

A spokeswoman said today for the Ministry of Home Affairs said that the Government “is aware of, and concerned about, the plight of homeowners who have lost roofs and suffered damages as a result of Hurricane Humberto”.

“Property owners are reminded that in lieu of traditional Bermuda slate, synthetic slate continues to be available for locally from businesses such as SAL,” she said.

More sites for slate “continue to be identified and will be provided as Government is informed”.

In the interim, she said “a number of steps have been taken to determine sites that could be used to obtain slate”.

“This includes liaising with the Construction Association to determine sites as well as liaising with the quarry operators who have existing licenses to cut slate to ensure that there are adequate amounts that are being produced.”

Five sites that are actively being quarried, or the landowners had requested permission to cut slate include:

  • Bermuda Slaters, St George’s
  • Butterfield & Vallis near BAA
  • Barritt’s Soda Company
  • St Regis, St George’s
  • Radnor Estate Road, Hamilton Parish

On average, a single site could provide anywhere from 300 to 500 pieces of slate per day. Small roof repairs could require as many as 500 pieces of slate, while a full roof could take anywhere between 1,500 to 2,500 pieces.

The spokeswoman added that the current wait time for customers was about 1½ to 2 weeks.

“The Department of Planning encourages those about to embark on excavating a site as part of an approved development to consider quarrying if material is deemed suitable for the purposes of producing slate.

“To this end, if any property owners have sites that may be suitable for slate cutting and wish to assist under these emergency circumstances, please contact the Department of Planning at 297-7756,” she said.

“This includes liaising with the Construction Association to determine sites as well as liaising with the quarry operators who have existing licenses to cut slate to ensure that there are adequate amounts that are being produced.”

Property owners were also reminded “that in lieu of traditional Bermuda slate, synthetic slate continues to be available for locally from businesses such as SAL”.

More sites for slate “continue to be identified and will be provided as Government is informed”.

The spokeswoman added: “The Department of Planning encourages those about to embark on excavating a site as part of an approved development to consider quarrying if material is deemed suitable for the purposes of producing slate.

“To this end, if any property owners have sites that may be suitable for slate cutting and wish to assist under these emergency circumstances, please contact the Department of Planning at 297-7756.”

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