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Re: WAPA progress on STX

daveb722
March 01, 2018 12:24PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 490

Not to be negative, shouldn't they have bought these in the beginning, now they have to go out and replace 6500 poles. SMH

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Gator's Mom
March 01, 2018 12:50PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 869

The first poles erected after Irmaria were put up using FEMA disaster funding. These FEMA funded projects are about restoring to the same level of service/efficacy as before the storm. VI was completing with PR, TX, FL and other islands for replacement poles. The goal was to restore power as quickly as possible - really remarkable that it happened if you think about it.

Now, VI has received additional federal funds to harden its electric grid and replace facilities with more resilient structures. This is extraordinarily important before the next storm hits, whether this year or years from now. These facilities include electric, schools, hospitals, public/low income housing etc.


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daveb722
Not to be negative, shouldn't they have bought these in the beginning, now they have to go out and replace 6500 poles. SMH

Re: WAPA progress on STX

daveb722
March 01, 2018 12:59PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 490

Yes, that's great, but in a rush to get power back, someone should have said, wait, can we do the new poles now, let's get fema, usvi and the us gov't together and do this right. but we are talking about 2 inept gov'ts for sure.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Gator's Mom
March 01, 2018 01:28PM

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Posts: 869

You can't improve with FEMA disaster funds - you can only replace. It's about policy and purpose - not ineptitude of either government. Money wasn't available to improve until the Trump signed the disaster bill earlier this year.

[www.forbes.com]

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daveb722
Yes, that's great, but in a rush to get power back, someone should have said, wait, can we do the new poles now, let's get fema, usvi and the us gov't together and do this right. but we are talking about 2 inept gov'ts for sure.



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Re: WAPA progress on STX

speee1dy
March 01, 2018 02:32PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,597

Dave. I was curious also

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Scubadoo
March 01, 2018 09:48PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 2,069

And there is still the question of when the composite poles will be available.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Alana33
March 01, 2018 11:12PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,966

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Scubadoo
March 02, 2018 12:54AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 2,069

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Alana33
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Yeah, that's what I originally posted.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

East Ender
March 02, 2018 04:33PM

Registered: 13 years ago
Posts: 4,957

They are putting composite poles on St John as we speak. wink

Re: WAPA progress on STX

singlefin
March 02, 2018 06:09PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 716

There's no way tens of thousands of composite poles existed for the USVI, PR, FLA, TX, ECT right after Irmaria. I don't think anybody would have been up to forgoing electricity until they were all built, paid for, trucked to a port, loaded, shipped, received and finally installed.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Scubadoo
March 14, 2018 09:48PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 2,069

Re: WAPA progress on STX

speee1dy
March 15, 2018 08:30AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,597

how many does that still leave without power?

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Scubadoo
March 15, 2018 08:46AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 2,069

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speee1dy
how many does that still leave without power?

Presumably all of those are damaged buildings/weather heads that need to be repaired by owner and some may never be repaired.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

speee1dy
March 15, 2018 03:22PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,597

any idea of the numbers

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Scubadoo
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speee1dy
how many does that still leave without power?

Presumably all of those are damaged buildings/weather heads that need to be repaired by owner and some may never be repaired.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

stxisbest
March 15, 2018 07:31PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 185

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speee1dy
any idea of the numbers

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Scubadoo
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speee1dy
how many does that still leave without power?

Presumably all of those are damaged buildings/weather heads that need to be repaired by owner and some may never be repaired.


All of them? thinking happy

Re: WAPA progress on STX

speee1dy
March 16, 2018 08:23AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,597

lol, thank you . i needed the laugh this morning.

and am surprised by her less than kind response


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stxisbest
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speee1dy
any idea of the numbers

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Scubadoo
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speee1dy
how many does that still leave without power?

Presumably all of those are damaged buildings/weather heads that need to be repaired by owner and some may never be repaired.


All of them? thinking happy

Re: WAPA progress on STX

STTsailor
March 24, 2018 11:24AM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 493

One interesting tidbit about WAPA is that they are very responsive to email if you report the problem and provide your details including cell phone number via website and totally unresponsive to telephone reports.

Getting WAPA voicemail and leaving the message gets 100% ignored. Emailing works!

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Scubadoo
March 24, 2018 12:51PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 2,069

That's a switch. I've not gotten response to e-mail in the past.

On a related topic, anyone get a WAPA bill lately? They've not done a reading on my meter for two months and I've got a smart meter.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

STTsailor
March 24, 2018 08:14PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 493

I have seen only one bill in January. Nothing after that.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

lescooper
March 24, 2018 09:27PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 146

All I know for sure is that the USVI have handled the power restoration much better than Puerto Rico. I'm not suggesting that we give Governor Mapp a great big at-a-boy. But, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the restoration was carried out.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

Scubadoo
March 25, 2018 12:24AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 2,069

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lescooper
All I know for sure is that the USVI have handled the power restoration much better than Puerto Rico. I'm not suggesting that we give Governor Mapp a great big at-a-boy. But, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the restoration was carried out.

Yes, they did a relatively good job considering what they had to deal with. Much smaller scale to focus on than PR PR is like 25 times the size of the VI. The VI brought in roughly 800 lineman. Imagine trying to get 20,000 linemen into PR along with all the equipment. Let''s hope they make some good progress with the composite poles before next season.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

islandjoan
March 25, 2018 09:50AM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 1,634

Composite poles have been going up in hermon hill past couple of weeks

Re: WAPA progress on STX

STTsailor
March 25, 2018 10:33AM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 493

Credit goes to extremely hardworking mainland crews. The local WAPA guys I know and talked to were impressed by speed and efficiency of our saviors.

Re: WAPA progress on STX

speee1dy
March 26, 2018 08:49AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,597

thats the only way i contact them. sometimes they will call you within the hour and sometimes just an email back


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STTsailor
One interesting tidbit about WAPA is that they are very responsive to email if you report the problem and provide your details including cell phone number via website and totally unresponsive to telephone reports.

Getting WAPA voicemail and leaving the message gets 100% ignored. Emailing works!

Re: WAPA progress on STX

speee1dy
March 26, 2018 08:51AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,597

im not really sure thats true. a couple of weeks ago they only had 100k without power. which really isnt bad considering the size of them compared to us and the number of customers


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lescooper
All I know for sure is that the USVI have handled the power restoration much better than Puerto Rico. I'm not suggesting that we give Governor Mapp a great big at-a-boy. But, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the restoration was carried out.

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