Notifications
Clear all

WAPA

 
stxfoodie
(@stxfoodie)
Advanced Member

As I was driving around Sunday before the storm, I couldn't help but wonder at all the trees surrounding the power lines which needed cutting back. Not that the States are perfect, but decades ago when I lived there i can recall the local utitiies driving around in their bucket loader trucks and trimming the trees and clearing the power lines before winter so that the storms would be less likely to take down the power lines. Which begs the question of which governmental or quasi governmental agency (WAPA? Public works?) is responsible for these things. Seems to me an ounce of prevention would save a lot of repair work. Yes I've lived here long enough to know better, I'm just saying!

Cheers -

Stxfoodie

Quote
Topic starter Posted : August 31, 2010 10:58 am
Novanut
(@novanut)
Trusted Member

Be careful what you ask for. That may spawn a NEW government agency; 'Office of Flora Electrical Control Authority'. Staffed with President, VP, Treasurer, etc.

ReplyQuote
Posted : August 31, 2010 11:05 am
beachy
(@beachy)
Trusted Member

At one of the last WAPA board meetings they extended the contract they have with Asplundh..so in theory someone is supposed to be trimming trees, though I wonder what we are actually getting for our money...

ReplyQuote
Posted : August 31, 2010 11:32 am
STXBob
(@STXBob)
Trusted Member

A couple of years ago, i called WAPA to report that tan tans were growing into some low hanging wires near our place. I was hoping they'd add a pole or stretch the wires to raise them up. Instead, next day, they sent a couple of guys with machetes. The day after that, Innnovative came out to repair the machete damage to their cabling. I decided not call WAPA again for that specific service.

ReplyQuote
Posted : August 31, 2010 3:36 pm
rks
 rks
(@rks)
Advanced Member

Well, Asplundh do a pretty good job of right-of-way clearing. They're the arborists' answer to Blackwater, so don't call them to trim your landscape trees unless you want innocent casualties, but they earn their paycheck, unlike almost anyone else having to do with WAPA.

ReplyQuote
Posted : August 31, 2010 5:01 pm
billd
(@billd)
Trusted Member

They we out clearing lines on Smith Bay Raod (STT) this last summer. But they need to do a lot more. Thank WAPA's leader Mr Hodge.

billd

ReplyQuote
Posted : August 31, 2010 5:41 pm
StCroix
(@StCroix)
Advanced Member

Thursday and still no power after a hurricane MISSED STX by 140 miles.
Me thinks all the talk radio & newspaper articles about how great WaPA's response is -is all smoke.

I hope one of the papers or senators will demand the actual outage & repair reports to see what the real truth is.

ReplyQuote
Posted : September 2, 2010 10:56 am
Neil
 Neil
(@Neil)
Trusted Member

So I'm in Csted today (thur) across from Pdise Cafe and walk up to a Wapa truck and jokingly BRIBE the guy $40 to come to my neighborhood next.

A guy in a sportshirt laughs, jumps down and extends his hand and says, "Let me introduce myself, I'm Hugo Hodge, what neighborhood you live in?"

I told him and he said they have it up and running by the end of today. My oor embarrassed wife just about died.

PS,,,he didn't take the money and as of 6:17 no power.

ReplyQuote
Posted : September 2, 2010 10:17 pm
DUN
 DUN
(@DUN)
Trusted Member

He already HAS the $ & the power!
F(_) (K Hodge!
Bad Karma for him.
Many including myself still have no power.
Another day of the generator, I love my generator!
I think I'll treat it to a oil change!

ReplyQuote
Posted : September 2, 2010 11:00 pm
rks
 rks
(@rks)
Advanced Member

No fan of Hodge here, but OTOH 4 days without power is nothing, as things go in the islands. If you want to exercise your spleen, then start crying out for buried cables. It's not that hard.

ReplyQuote
Posted : September 2, 2010 11:50 pm
Novanut
(@novanut)
Trusted Member

Is there nothing that can be done with this ridiculous, corrupt utility? I mean, how bout it? even Al Capone had SOME Scruples! Is every local on the island in their back pocket or what???

Sorry, I just have too much time on my hands right now...

ReplyQuote
Posted : September 3, 2010 1:25 am
Neil
 Neil
(@Neil)
Trusted Member

Wapa's problem {and solution} is in the legislature and Mafolie and some form of Federal grant. Hodge is a mechanic, not a visionary or politician, or delegate to Congress

ReplyQuote
Posted : September 3, 2010 10:18 am
Novanut
(@novanut)
Trusted Member

What can you tell me about this Mafolie character?

ReplyQuote
Posted : September 3, 2010 10:41 am
longtime
(@longtime)
Advanced Member

Who remembers when Southern Energy wanted to buy WAPA; the outcry was deafening that "we are selling our birthright"--whatever the hell that means.

ReplyQuote
Posted : September 3, 2010 10:45 am
Close Menu