Join discussions on moving to and living in the USVI, ask questions, share info & tips! (Vacationing? Visit Travel Message Board)


WAPA progress on STX

Scubadoo
October 09, 2017 09:24PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,636

Anyone see any signs of power restoration progress on STX lately? They seemed to be reporting steady progress up until midle of last week. Last week they claimed crews continued work on a double circuit for Feeders 6A and 6B from the Richmond Power Plant toward Club St. Croix and 5 pts with a goal of having power restored up to 5 pts by the weekend but I guess that didn't happen. Oh boy, that's about a half mile depending on where the lines are run. They originally said they only needed to plant 7 poles for that work. They also claimed crews completed the planting of replacement poles up to the Hannah’s Rest intersection. They were off Friday afternoon for the funeral of the lineman who died on STT. Supposedly a lot of material was shipped to STX after Irma that's probably left them short on STX, at least initially.

They reported two weeks ago on bringing 240 linemen from 4 mainland utility companies and equipment into the territory to split among islands implying they were to start arriving by now and into the middle of the month. Last week they said they held a planning meeting with officials of one company map out the work for their crews due to arrive mid-month.

WAPA hasn't really reported on their progress on completing the damage assessment much less published the recovery plan/schedule they promised.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Cruz
October 09, 2017 09:56PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 412

Funeral and a holiday weekend. There should be updated on Tuesday.

And it's Five Corners not 5pts

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Scubadoo
October 09, 2017 10:21PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,636

Quote
Cruz
And it's Five Corners not 5pts

I abbreviated.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

LiquidFluoride
October 10, 2017 07:22AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 1,923

I've seen a lot of poles replaced in F'sted and down center line.

mostly I see debris removal crews but I've seen some electrical work as well.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

watruw8ing4
October 10, 2017 08:52AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 849

Posted on Facebook last night:

"• Restoration and reconstruction work continued in both districts on Monday. The focus remains on reconstructing the backbone of the electrical system. The primary electrical circuits that are not currently energized must be reconstructed prior to service restoration to commercial or residential customers.
• On St. Croix, following last week’s installation of new utility poles from the Richmond power plant to Five Corners, crews continued stringing new primary lines along the path of Feeder 6A. On Monday, two additional buildings at the JFK housing community were energized and almost a dozen street lights were energized from the power plant to the LBJ housing community."

I did read earlier that linemen were going to be coming in over time in groups, as the supplies (poles and such) became available. No sense having workmen here with no supplies. Mapp said about 2 weeks ago that supplies had been ordered for STX. Took a few weeks for the bulk of Irma stuff to come in for STT/STJ.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

speee1dy
October 10, 2017 09:35AM

Registered: 9 years ago
Posts: 8,216

less that 13% restored. most of that was underground to begin with. so not a lot done from where i sit in the dark every night

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Scubadoo
October 10, 2017 09:48AM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,636

Quote
watruw8ing4
I did read earlier that linemen were going to be coming in over time in groups, as the supplies (poles and such) became available. No sense having workmen here with no supplies. Mapp said about 2 weeks ago that supplies had been ordered for STX. Took a few weeks for the bulk of Irma stuff to come in for STT/STJ.

The reports of additional linemen have also stated equipment and supplies would be coming with them, no specifics.

Have the debris removal crews been clearing downed poles and wires also?

Re: WAPA progress on STX

speee1dy
October 10, 2017 09:50AM

Registered: 9 years ago
Posts: 8,216

not that i have seen. same downed lines and poles since the day of the storm

Re: WAPA progress on STX

hwill
October 10, 2017 10:58AM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 6

I currently live in Illinois and there is a large group of our lineman being sent to the VI. They weren't sure as to the details yet as to where exactly they were going though when I talked to my friend who is going on Sunday. But they are for sure coming!

Re: WAPA progress on STX

TN_Travelers
October 10, 2017 12:28PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 50

According to our Property Manager, WAPA has not been seen on the east end at all.

Local folks have cleared the roads - cutting up downed power polls and moving the poles and wires off the road.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Scubadoo
October 10, 2017 12:45PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,636

Quote
hwill
I currently live in Illinois and there is a large group of our lineman being sent to the VI. They weren't sure as to the details yet as to where exactly they were going though when I talked to my friend who is going on Sunday. But they are for sure coming!

WAPA said linemen were coming from Haugland Energy NY, BBC Electric Services Inc. of Missouri and Northeast Public Power Association. Perhaps the Illinois crews are with BBC Electric.

WAPA reported on Sept 24th "WAPA continues to work jointly with Viya, the V.I. Waste Management Authority and the Department of Public Works on a clean-up initiative. This strategy is aimed at clearing the roadways of fallen cables, poles and other hardware and allowing both utilities to scrap the damaged equipment while the VIWMA gains access to public dump sites for regular waste hauling." but that's not really clear on whether it's linemen crews or WMA that are actually going to clear the poles and cables off the roads. Most likely only the linemen crews will be doing the initial clearing of the poles and cables leaving piles on the side for WMA to pickup.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

hwill
October 10, 2017 01:35PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 6

Yes I believe they are with BBC. My friend flys out tomorrow.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

LiquidFluoride
October 10, 2017 01:42PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 1,923

I've seen crews just clearing power lines, lots of young people in vibrant yellow safety vests with hardhats on, there's usually at least 1 bucket truck with them and a truck with a trailer that they coil all the cable onto.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Scubadoo
October 10, 2017 10:40PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,636

On Thursday, 265 linemen, along with their equipment will be in the territory to start in earnest the heavy power restoration push. WAPA is aiming to have 90 percent of the USVI restored by Christmas.

viconsortium.com Oct 11

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Scubadoo
October 11, 2017 07:52AM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,636

viconsortium

"Governor Kenneth Mapp said on Tuesday night that the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority would welcome 265 linemen along with their equipment to the U.S. Virgin Islands on Thursday. The linemen, once here, will start work territory-wide the following day, the governor added, noting the development as a major step in the territory’s power restoration effort."

I wish we could get a straight story on this as they've been reporting that linemen have been slowly trickling in for a couple weeks now and this makes it sound like they all show up Thursday. Perhaps they are just planning a welcome party and motivational speech for the whole gang once here.

"On St. Thomas,Off island crews are continuing to reconstruct the distribution network that will interconnect WAPA’s Tutu and East End electrical substations."

Lot's more progress on STT as well.

"On St. Croix Tuesday, crews energized areas in the vicinity of the Henry Rohlsen Airport on Feeder 8B as well as on a double circuit Feeder 6A. Removal of storm debris which include downed poles, power lines, transformers and fuses continued into Frederiksted in the Mount Pleasant, William’s Delight and Two Brothers areas."

Well anyway it sounds like some progress is being made.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Cruz
October 11, 2017 08:49AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 412

Were you here for Hugo?

Just sit back relax and enjoy the stars. It'll be a lot less stressful rather than worrying everyday about wapa progress.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

ironheadUSVI
October 11, 2017 09:38AM

Registered: 4 months ago
Posts: 134

Quote
Cruz
Were you here for Hugo?

Just sit back relax and enjoy the stars. It'll be a lot less stressful rather than worrying everyday about wapa progress.

I still remember how lucky I felt after Hugo when I got power back on Thanksgiving day. I was shocked and surprised that I got it back so early.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Scubadoo
October 13, 2017 12:23PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,636

"As the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority ramps up power restoration work territory-wide, with hundreds of linemen from around the U.S. contracted to help, the semiautonomous entity is advising residents to shut off standby generators when line crews are in neighborhoods restoring electrical service. A standby generator has the potential to back feed electricity to the grid which poses a severe safety risk to restoration crews."

Only if it's not installed with a proper transfer switch. Let's hope none y'all have your portable gennys ties directly to the main panel without disconnecting the main breaker.

"Restoration and reconstruction crews made steady progress in both island districts on Thursday. On St. Croix, line crews continued to restore circuits toward the Hannah’s Rest intersection and to Five Corners. Replacement poles were planted in the Golden Rock area while debris removal crews cleared downed equipment in Sunny Isle, Smithfield and Enfield Green."

viconsortium.com 10/13

Re: WAPA progress on STX

CarlHartmann
October 13, 2017 01:42PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 158

Quote
ironheadUSVI
Quote
Cruz
I still remember how lucky I felt after Hugo when I got power back on Thanksgiving day. I was shocked and surprised that I got it back so early.

Ours turned on the day before Christmas....best present EVER !

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Scubadoo
October 14, 2017 10:01AM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,636

"The first wave of off-island linemen contracted by WAPA to aid in its electrical restoration have begun to arrive in the territory. 260 linemen and engineers will be in the Virgin Islands by Sunday, another 150 by October 27, and an additional 100 linemen by November 3rd. They are joining crews from the Western Area Power Administration who have been here for several weeks. The off-island crews will be equally divided between the St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix districts."

Soon come, soon come, soon come.

"On St. Croix Friday, line crews continued to work on a double circuit from the Richmond power plant along Feeder 6A to Five Corners and Feeder 6B to Mill Harbor. Some poles were planted on Feeder 1A, which serves the downtown Christiansted area, and along Feeder 8B on Queen Mary Highway. Crews made steady progress on another portion of Feeder 8B, preparing a circuit that runs through the Hannah’s Rest intersection, for service restoration. Debris removal crews cleaned up areas around Bassin Triangle and Golden Rock. Those crews will then focus on ridding various public school campuses of downed lines, transformers and broken poles."

viconsortium.com 10/14

Re: WAPA progress on STX

stxsailor
October 16, 2017 04:06PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 409

I can accept that we may be without power until December but what I can not accept is why there are poles dangling dangerously and wires still in the roads getting snagged by cars. What has WAPA been doing for a month?

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Oldie1
October 17, 2017 05:41AM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 191

Working on STT of course.....same as Broadband.mad

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Scubadoo
October 17, 2017 07:45AM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,636

"On St. Croix, line crews worked Monday on circuits leading from Mill Harbor to Five Corners and on a portion of Feeder 8B leading to Frederiksted. Clean up crews worked in Sunny Isle and on the campus of Central High School."

viconsortium.com 11/17

Anyone know if condo row actually has power yet as this would seem to imply?

Re: WAPA progress on STX

lescooper
October 17, 2017 08:13AM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 71

Friends of ours, living at Club St Croix condos, texted me Saturday saying power was just restored. They had been watching line crews working their way for a few days.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

singlefin
October 17, 2017 04:08PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 512

Two stacks of new telephone poles placed behind the Cotton Valley firehouse.

It's an encouraging site anyway.

Join the discussion. Click the button below to Login or Register now!

Click here to login

  • Blue Ocean Transport

Moving to the U.S. Virgin Islands?

Settlers Handbook
Only $17.95

The Settlers Handbook for the U.S. Virgin Islands is your guide to moving to St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island.

The current 18th Edition, released in January 2016, will help you explore your dream of island living. A solid reference book, it was first published in 1975. That's 40 years of helping people move to the islands. A must read. Order today.

Order Today

Advertise

Join VIMovingCenter.com Today!

Tell prospective and current residents about your business.

Learn More →

Sister Sites

VITraders

USVI Books & Souvenirs

VInow

USVI Vacation Guide

Living in de V.I.

USVI Relocation DVD

Proud Supporter

VI Olympic Team

For over 45 years, the Virgin Islands has celebrated the Olympic tradition by sending our athletes to compete.

Learn More →