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WAPA Executive Director Testifies Before House Energy Subcommitee Hearing on Hurricane Recovery

(Thursday, November 02, 2017)

WAPA Executive Director / CEO Julio A. Rhymer, Sr. testified on Thursday November 2, 2017 before a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Energy Subcommittee.

His testimony was part of a congressional hearing reviewing the emergency response and energy infrastructure recovery efforts resulting from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Excerpt from his testimony: "While our power generating plants in Estate Richmond on St. Croix and Krum Bay on St. Thomas suffered minimal impact from the hurricanes, the transmission and distribution systems did not fare as well. Damage to the systems was estimated at 80% on St. Thomas and more than 90% on St. Join, with Water Island and Hassel Island each suffering approximately 90% destruction. Following the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, WAPA, utilizing its own line department personnel along with on-island contractors, engaged a territory-wide reconstruction and restoration effort. Two weeks later, on September 19, Hurricane Maria left about 60% damage on St. Croix’s T&D system, while the remainder of the Virgin Islands did not receive any further significant damage."

> Download the Full Congressional Testimony (in PDF format)

Julio Rhyme, WAPA CEO
Julio Rhymer Sr., WAPA Executive Director and CEO