JPS restoration slowest in badly damaged eastern parishes
WHILE Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has managed to restore service to almost 90 per cent of its customers islandwide, restoration of service is proving more challenging for the teams working in the hardest hit parishes of Portland, St Thomas and St Mary, the company said.
Most of the JPS’ customers who remain without power are in these parishes, due to the extensive damage to the environment and to the JPS infrastructure.
In some communities, work is severely hampered by blocked roads, as a result of landslides and uprooted vegetation. Despite the challenges, the company said it is working steadfastly to restore power as quickly as possible to the approximately 40,000 customers in these three parishes who are still without power. Restoration work in some areas is expected to continue for a few days.
Power has now been restored to 30 per cent of customers in St Mary, which means that over 18,000 customers in the parish are still without electricity. The teams have so far identified over 100 broken poles in the parish, and are in the process of changing them. Today, the restoration crews are working to get service to Sandside Heights, Cox Street, Cambridge, Liberton and Brimmervale.
Customers in Portland were most badly affected due to extensive damage to the transmission lines providing service to the parish. However, JPS’ restoration teams made a significant breakthrough last night when work was completed on one of the transmission lines, allowing restoration of power to about 10 per cent of customers in Portland.
Almost 13,800 customers in the parish are still without service. JPS crews are working to restore power today to Anchovy Housing Scheme, Dolphin Bay, Williamsfield, Drapers, Passley Gardens, Norwich, Snow Hill, St Margaret’s Bay, Hope Bay Town and Black Hill.
In St Thomas, JPS has been able to restore service to about 57 per cent of its customers. However, despite the best efforts of the company’s restoration teams, about 8,200 customers in the parish remain without power, primarily due to access challenges. JPS is receiving assistance from the National Works Agency and the parish council with the clearing of blocked roads.
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