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CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise team advises the community that the LBJ Pump Station in Richmond is off-line. On Thursday, April 05, 2018 at approximately 10:00 a.m., the LBJ Pump Station went offline due to a damaged component in the Motor Control Center (MCC),

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FRANK BAY — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) said its personnel successfully restored electrical service to customers on St. John, twenty-four hours after a power transformer immediately outside of WAPA’s electrical substation caught fire, resulting in the island being left without electrical service. The restoration of service

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The governing board of the Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority (WAPA) addressed several power generation-related issues at its monthly meeting Thursday on St. Thomas. The WAPA board authorized Executive Director Lawrence Kupfer to enter into a lease agreement with Aggreko, LLC for the rental of a

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SAN JUAN — Generators are still humming. Candles are still flickering. Homes are still being repaired. Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria exactly six months ago, and the U.S. commonwealth is still struggling to recover from the strongest storm to hit the island in nearly a century. “There are

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PHILIPSBURG — A twin-engine Dutch airline was forced to turn around one hour into its flight from Sint Maarten to Curacao on Monday after engine problems were detected by the crew. The flight on an InselAir Fokker 50 was carrying 53 people on board when the flight crew determined about

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CHRISTIANSTED — Friable asbestos was likely a problem for Limetree Bay Terminals and anyone downwind of the St. Croix oil storage facility after its facilities were compromised during Hurricane Maria. The Virgin Islands Free Press was the first media source to alert the public that Maria severely damaged the former

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A minor earthquake of 4.5 on the Richter Scale struck St. Thomas about 7:13 a.m. on Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake occurred about 27 miles underground but was felt by some in the north of St. Thomas, the USGS said. The initial earthquake

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola – Training Officer, at the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) Carishma Hicks said that CARIBE WAVE 18 provided an opportunity for the British Virgin Islands to test its tsunami warning systems, contingency plans, and promote tsunami preparedness. Hicks said following the passage of Hurricanes Maria and Irma

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FREDERIKSTED — The RTPark Program of the Virgin Islands highlighted partnerships, communication, and the potential for new financial approaches as dominant themes for the future during its “Recovery, Renewal, Resilience Workshop,” held on March 8. The event focused on the territory’s long-term economic development and building community strength in the

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CHRISTIANSTED — Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai on Friday pledged his agency’s commitment to help restore and expand the U.S. Virgin Islands communications network. After meeting with Gov. Kenneth Mapp and members of the Hurricane Recovery Task Force, Pai announced $204 million in resources to advance communications within

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