31 Oct 2018
- By Junhan B. Todino – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
THREE days after Typhoon Yutu devastated the island’s power distribution lines, the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. managed to restore power to Feeder 1, partials 1 and 2 on Sunday at 4:35 p.m., bringing power and water back to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and certain areas in Navy Hill, Upper Navy Hill, Chalan Galaide, Puerto Rico and Garapan.
CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho on Tuesday said more equipment and crew are arriving to assist Saipan and Tinian.
He said CUC has enlisted manpower assistance from Colorado Primary Source and Guam Power Authority.
“Support efforts are already producing results. Just four days post-landfall, CUC will get help from Guam Power Authority, Colorado Primary Source, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers,” Camacho said.
“We just went through one of the worst storms in history…Category 5…and already, our crews were able to power up one of the island’s most critical infrastructure. This shows the hard work and dedication our CNMI team has expended on such efforts,” Camacho said, in an interview on KKMP Monday.
On Tinian, two generators have arrived, one to power the Maui water well to assist in pumping water into the Tinian Health Center; and another to assist with power generation into the island’s only hospital. But power on Tinian remains 100 percent offline.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108550-power-at-chcc-navy-hill-areas-restored