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Hugo Hodge Jr: The Drought Is To Blame For WAPA Power Outages, Too

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             Hugo Hodge, Jr. of WAPA

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority says a worsening drought is causing power outages.

WAPA Executive Director Hugo Hodge, Jr. told the Associated Press that dry conditions have caused tree branches to fall and salt air residue to build up on wires and other equipment.

Hodge says power outages have increased in recent months. Other sectors have been hit hard as well. St. Croix has had below-average rainfall since February.

Sen. Janette Millin Young said this weekend that the government expects to provide more than $500,000 to the Department of Agriculture to help farmers deal with crop and livestock losses.

One of the worst droughts in recent years has gripped the Caribbean and led to severe water rationing, livestock deaths and land degradation.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

1 Comment

  1. Johnny John Jones
    August 17, 2015 at 10:24 AM — Reply

    The criminal will be caught and locked up in a cage.

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