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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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"On St. Croix, reconstruction work continued in the Sunny Isle and Watergut areas. The work in Watergut, near the seaplane terminal, will facilitate the restoration of additional customers on Feeder 1A, in downtown Christiansted. Crews also worked to reconstruct a circuit from Mill Harbor to Five Corners. Over the next few days, WAPA will be energizing additional streetlights on Centerline Road. Both reconstruction and restoration work continued in Hannah’s Rest on Wednesday. Asplundh and WAPA crews will cut back roadside trees along Queen Mary Highway heading to Frederiksted, as the Authority relocates primary circuits closer to the roadsides to avoid dense brush, which contributes to frequent service interruptions."

viconsortium.com 10/19

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Finally a mention of the promised schedule.

"WAPA crews along with on-island and off-island contractors worked across the territory Thursday in support of the reconstruction and restoration efforts. With more than 510 off-island personnel expected in the Virgin Islands by next week Friday to augment the restoration of service, WAPA will be publishing an aggressive restoration schedule for both districts next week.

On St. Croix, portions of Feeder 6A, up to Five Corners, were energized on Thursday. Crews planted additional poles on Feeder 1A to bring service to more customers in downtown Christiansted as well as to Hotel on the Cay. Additional poles were planted on Feeder 5A from Sunny Isle to Barren Spot as well as along Queen Mary Highway to Hannah’s Rest en route to Frederiksted town. Priority areas for restoration of service include the modular units being used at Luis Hospital and the fire station along with some government offices in the Sunny Isle area."

viconsortium.com 10/20

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"The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority in its latest power and potable water restoration update, revealed the areas territory-wide that it will be working to restore power to this week. They are:

On St. Croix, Feeder 1A will bring additional service to customers on Company Street, Hotel on the Cay and up to Canegata Ball Park. Work will continue on Feeder 5A along Queen Mary Highway, Sunny Isle Shopping Center and some restoration of customers in the Sion Farm area, and on Feeder 8B from Hannah’s Rest to the post office in Frederiksted. On Saturday, a section of Feeder 6A was prepared to be re-energized from the power plant toward the LBJ lift station.

WAPA said 250 linemen will arrive on Friday, October 27 bringing the total off-island personnel to more than 500 persons in the Virgin Islands assisting with the restoration of electrical service. The linemen, engineers and other personnel are equally divided between the districts, and more than 200 pieces of equipment are here to support the restoration effort, WAPA said."

viconsortium 10/23

Hard to believe it's been over a month and power has not been restored yet to the sewage pump station just next door to the power plant itself. Presumably it's been running on it's own backup generator all this time.

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"On St. Croix, service was restored to portions of Feeder 1A including: Seaborne, Red Brick community, Estate Richmond, Department of Property and Procurement offices, and VITEMA. On Feeder 5A, the Sunny Isle Shopping Center including Scotiabank and Viya’s headquarters have been restored. On Feeder 6A, Club St. Croix, Harborview, Golden Rock, JFK housing community, Colony Cove, Carib Villas, Sugar Beach and the LBJ lift station were all restored. On Feeder 8B, Budget Rent-A-Car on the airport road, VI National Guard headquarters, the FAA control tower, facilities of Cruzan Rum were restored, as were as some underground circuits. Crews also reconstructed primary circuits in the areas from Concordia Gas Station to the police station in Frederiksted, from Mountain Gas Station to Carlton and from the Hannah’s Rest intersection to Claude O. Markoe Elementary School. More than 300 new poles have been planted on St. Croix as part of the hurricane restoration."

viconsortium.com 10/24

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"On St. Croix Tuesday, crews restored electrical service at several buildings in the Red Brick housing community, at the Estate Ruby senior home, and at Mill Harbor Villas. Additional underground circuits on Feeder 8B were also energized. Crews also planted poles and reconstructed primary circuits in Estates Whim, Carlton and Hannah’s Rest.

On Wednesday, St. Croix electrical restoration crews will be working in sections of: Estates William’s Delight, Whim and Campo Rico and on the roadway from the Sunny Isle Scotiabank to Barren Spot.

Another 250 linemen will arrive on Friday, October 27, bringing the total off-island personnel to more than 500 persons in the Virgin Islands assisting with the restoration of electrical service. The linemen, engineers and other personnel are equally divided between the districts, and more than 300 pieces of equipment are here to support the restoration effort."

viconsortium.com 10/25

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