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