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Heavy Rains Knock Out Power To Christiansted Town

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CHRISTIANSTED – The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) said large amounts of rain from Saturday to Monday have compromised its underground circuits and knocked out power to Christiansted town as of 8:50 a.m Tuesday.

WAPA said its line crews are working to restore electrical service to Christiansted town and are currently pumping out a flooded manhole to determine the extent of any damage to the authority’s underground infrastructure.

“Service will be restored as quickly as possible,” WAPA said in a statement published on Facebook. “Crews have also been dispatched to a number of areas where isolated service interruptions have been reported.”

WAPA said that line crews have worked throughout the night and have been redeployed to areas including: Estate Work and Rest, William’s Delight, Pellier, Annas Hope, Paradise, Whim, Concordia, Mary’s Fancy, Peter’s Rest and Grove Place.

“WAPA apologizes for the inconvenience caused by the service interruptions and will continue the effort to full restoration as quickly and safely as possible,” the authority said.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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.

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