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CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) says a “tripped (generator) unit” at its Richmond power plant plunged St. Croix customers on four feeders into darkness last night.
The outage occurred about 8:30 p.m. Friday and affected St. Croix electrical feeders 2A, 3A, 4A and 10A. WAPA didn’t say the time that the generator tripped or when the “service interruption” officially ended Friday night.
“Customers in: Gallows Bay, Cotton Valley, Anna’s Hope, Beeston Hill, Catherine’s Rest, Orange Grove, Humbug, Barren Spot, Peter’s Rest, Rattan, Ruby, Sion Farm, Calquahoun, Grove Place, Lorraine Village, Mutual Homes, Prosperity and Upper Love are affected,” WAPA said. “Plant personnel are working to restart the tripped unit and restore service to the affected customers.”
Meanwhile WAPA said a planned outage already took place today in several areas in Frederiksted.
Today (Saturday) the power went off from 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. for WAPA customers in Hannah’s Rest, Whim, William’s Delight, Frederiksted, Enfield Green, Mountain and Two Williams, WAPA said.
“The service interruption will allow crews to connect a new riser pole at the Randall “Doc” James Racetrack, and provide electricity to surrounding residents,” WAPA said. “Motorists traveling through these areas are asked to proceed with caution, for the safety of crews and other drivers.”
The work was originally scheduled for Friday morning but was “rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances.”