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T.S. Erika Restoration Update - Day 2

(Saturday, August 29, 2015)

WAPA Executive Director Hugo V. Hodge, Jr. said good and steady progress is being made towards the restoration of electrical power onSt. Croix in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika. He estimated that by the end of the night tonight, the restoration on St. Croix will be about 90 percent completed with some smaller areas to be restored on Sunday. "We will achieve 90 percent restoration tonight and we will wrap this up on Sunday," Hodge said at a news briefing this evening.

Hodge reported that two line crews and a pole setting crew had arrived from St. Thomas to assist in the recovery bringing to ten, the number of crews that have fanned out across St. Croix to aid in the restoration. " Crews have been deployed in Estates Rattan, Princesse, Diamond Ruby, Catherine's Rest, Sion Farm, Hannah's Rest and Stony Ground at this time. Two crews have been dispatched to Christiansted and Frederiksted towns as well," Hodge said.

Restoration on St. Thomas, St. John and Hassel Island were completed on Friday night. A crew was deployed to Water Island earlier today to address two trouble calls.

Persons with continued service interruptions can contact WAPA's Emergency Call Center at 773-2250, option 5 or can report their service interruption via the WAPA website, www.viwapa.vi.

Hodge thanked the public for its understanding as WAPA works to restore power to all its customers. He also thanked the men and women of the VI Water and Power Authority for their around-the-clock efforts to maintain and restore electrical power to all of the utility's customers in the most safe and timely manner.