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Scubadoo
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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.

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Cruz
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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?

*-) has it occurred to you that they may not have enough manpower for the amount of damage and have not made it to your area as yet?

There is a reason why hundreds of linemen are being flown in. A crew from Alabama restored my power after Hugo.

Also, keep in mind that these same WAPA employees are working hard at day and also going home to no power.

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I agree with stxsailor, WAPA doesn't have nearly the required number of people to take this on alone. It sounds like they are doing OK, considering the magnitude of the destruction. I think you will start to see real meaningful progress with stateside help now in place and with more on the way.

We often bash the local government, for what I admit, are too often well deserved reasons. But, this time I get a different impression and it looks like the government is making a lot of smart moves.

I'm just saying, let's give WAPA and the government a chance to step up and show us something. I believe we will see that they made the best out of a really challenging situation.

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In previous post, I meant to say that I agreed with Cruz. Lol...I'm old, forgive me.

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With all the new offshore crews on island now we should soon see whether they are up for this larger challenge in an quick, efficient manner or if it turns into unproductive chaos. I hope for the former. I still haven't seen the damage assessment and recovery plan they were supposed to come up with.

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"Restoration and reconstruction work continued by WAPA Line Department personnel, as well as on-island and off-island contractors in both districts on Tuesday.
On St. Croix, restoration work included planting new poles on the paths of Feeders 1A and 2A, while clean-up crews continued clearing school campuses of hurricane debris. There was also reconstruction and clean-up work carried out Tuesday along Feeder 8B in Hannah’s Rest as well as on Feeders 6A and 6B."

viconsortium.com 10/18

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