Hello everyone and happy Monday! Today is the 90th day that some residents in the US Virgin Islands, and here on St. John, do not have power. Here are the latest details on power restoration…
As of last Thursday, 47 percent of customers on St. John have had their power restored, according to Government House. The neighborhoods that have been restored include, but are not limited to: Cruz Bay, Enighed, Contant, Chocolate Hole, Fish Bay, Gifft Hill, Pastory, Pocket Money Hill, Roman Hill Road, Grunwald and Peter Bay. There are areas within these neighborhoods, however, that have not been restored. Work is continuing this week in Coral Bay, Zootenvaal, Freeman Ground and Bordeaux. Poles are also being set along Centerline Road.
As of today, Coral Bay remains 100 percent without power.
Governor Mapp announced last week that an additional 100 linemen will come to the Territory this week. They will join the 760 who are currently working on St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix. The Governor also reaffirmed his commitment that 90 percent of the Virgin Islands will be energized by Christmas. Currently only 43 percent of the Territory has power. He stated that a large number of new areas expected to be energized soon as repairs are completed to major transmission lines.
Here is a chart that details power restoration within the Territory:
For residents and owners that have temporary roofs (blue roofs), power will not be restored until a licensed electrician has certified, in writing, that the structure is safe to energize.
If work needs to be done to repair a damaged meter base and/or weather head, customers must call the Emergency Call Center at (340) 774-1424. The call centers is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If your electric meter was removed by WAPA personnel to facilitate repairs to either a meter base and/or weather head, once repairs are completed and a licensed electrician certifies the work, in writing, customers are required to notify the Customer Service office. All fees usually associated with meter removal and reconnection have been waived during this restoration period.
Fingers crossed that Coral Bay gets some power this week. And again, a HUGE thank you to WAPA and the linemen from BBC in Joplin, Missouri for working tirelessly, seven days a week, from sun up to sun down, to help our island recover. You all are simply amazing.