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

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Posted : March 1, 2018 3:24 pm
Gator's Mom
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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.

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

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Posted : March 1, 2018 3:50 pm
daveb722
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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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Posted : March 1, 2018 3:59 pm
Gator's Mom
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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.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/alanfleischmann/2017/12/05/all-in-philanthropy-the-story-of-bloomberg-lps-rebuilding-team-in-the-u-s-virgin-islands/#723d13a34cda

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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Posted : March 1, 2018 4:28 pm
speee1dy
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Dave. I was curious also

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Posted : March 1, 2018 5:32 pm
Scubadoo
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And there is still the question of when the composite poles will be available.

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Topic starter Posted : March 2, 2018 12:48 am
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Scubadoo
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http://viconsortium.com/business/wapa-board-approves-composite-poles-purchase-and-contracts-for-their-installation//blockquote >
Yeah, that's what I originally posted.

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Topic starter Posted : March 2, 2018 3:54 am
East Ender
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They are putting composite poles on St John as we speak. 😉

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Posted : March 2, 2018 7:33 pm
singlefin
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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.

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Posted : March 2, 2018 9:09 pm
Scubadoo
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March 9, 2018 vi consortium

WAPA RESTORES POWER TO 100 PERCENT OF ELIGIBLE CUSTOMERS TERRITORY-WIDE

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Topic starter Posted : March 15, 2018 12:48 am
speee1dy
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how many does that still leave without power?

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Posted : March 15, 2018 11:30 am
Scubadoo
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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.

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Topic starter Posted : March 15, 2018 11:46 am
speee1dy
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any idea of the numbers

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.

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Posted : March 15, 2018 6:22 pm
stxisbest
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any idea of the numbers

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? *-) 🙂

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Posted : March 15, 2018 10:31 pm
speee1dy
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lol, thank you . i needed the laugh this morning.

and am surprised by her less than kind response

any idea of the numbers

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? *-) 🙂

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Posted : March 16, 2018 11:23 am
STTsailor
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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!

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Posted : March 24, 2018 2:24 pm
Scubadoo
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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.

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Topic starter Posted : March 24, 2018 3:51 pm
STTsailor
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I have seen only one bill in January. Nothing after that.

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Posted : March 24, 2018 11:14 pm
lescooper
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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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Posted : March 25, 2018 12:27 am
Scubadoo
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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.

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Topic starter Posted : March 25, 2018 3:24 am
islandjoan
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Composite poles have been going up in hermon hill past couple of weeks

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Posted : March 25, 2018 12:50 pm
STTsailor
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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.

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Posted : March 25, 2018 1:33 pm
speee1dy
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thats the only way i contact them. sometimes they will call you within the hour and sometimes just an email back

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!

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Posted : March 26, 2018 11:49 am
speee1dy
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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

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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Posted : March 26, 2018 11:51 am
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