On Tuesday, there was an explosion at a Water and Power Authority plant on St. Thomas. Flames burst from a high voltage transformer and injured five college student interns. Power to St. Thomas and St. John was out until late that night.(Fortunately life went on on St. John as some places, like the Beach Bar, have generators.)
WAPA says rolling blackouts can be expected until generators can be activated to pick up the slack.
Governor John deJongh’s response was kind of astonishing.
Here’s a clip from his Web site.
I know he means well. But it’s just an odd way to comment. It’s
the kind of homily you might issue to welcome conventioneers to town.
"Hope you have a good time, fellas."
Maybe the Governor could have sounded more serious and said something
like he knows WAPA’s facilities are old, poorly maintained, and
undependable – and he sure wishes something could be done about it?
Nothing like that’s in his release.