March 19, 2002 – Sen. Adelbert Bryan distributed a release Tuesday stating that he had closed his office on St. Croix at noon because of "a serious flooding" on the night of March 10 and the morning of March 11.
Bryan said closing the office was "necessary inasmuch as the two (2) Senate Presidents, Almando 'Rocky' and Ava Penn, has refused to cause to have the emergency repairs done to replace the damaged toilet and tank, plus make arrangements to have the carpets professionally sanitized, and shampooed." He said "these emergency measures are necessary to ensure the health and safety of the office staff, and constituents."
Bryan further said there was no alternative to closing the office "after waiting for over one week to have the matter corrected." He said, "I will not subject my staff or the residents of this island whom I have been elected to serve to become exposed to safety and health hazards."
Almando "Rocky" Liburd is the president of the 24th Legislature. Ava Penn is the director of the Legislature's Business and Financial Management Office on St. Thomas.
The release did not indicate why personnel continued to work in the office from March 11 until Tuesday noon.
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