Winner’s Laundry in Garapan cancels 24-hour service

WINNER’S Laundry in Garapan has canceled its 24-service and will shut down for three hours each day for maintenance check, according to technician Raffy Cervantes.

“The management decided to cancel the 24-hour service,” he said. “We have to shut down from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. We will use the three-hour shutdown for maintenance check, refilling  the generator with diesel and refilling water.”

Since Winner’s Laundry reopened on Friday at 11 a.m., a few hours after Typhoon Yutu battered Saipan and Tinian, hundreds of people lined up to do their laundry. Some came from Capital Hill and Finasisu.

Imelda Dacucus, a staffer at  Winners, said some of their machines have broken because of non-stop use.

Dacucus said their water supply comes from San Antonio. “It takes about two hours to deliver the water. The truck that delivers the water cannot drive quickly because some portions of the road are still blocked by fallen power poles or typhoon debris.”

Dacucus is appealing to customers for more patience and to “respect the line.”

“Some people have been waiting for five or 10 hours so it is not fair to cut in line,” she added.

Merly Coronel from Finasisu said she drove to Winner’s at 9 p.m., Friday. She and her daughter took turns waiting in line and they were able to use the washing machines at 5 p.m., Saturday.

“We check on every other Laundromat that we know, but all of them are closed. They said they don’t have water and generator,” she said.

Damian Lastimado and his wife Geralyn, who are from Capital Hill, said they arrived at Winner’s Laundry at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. They were still in line two hours later.

“We used to do our laundry on Navy Hill at the back of Twins,” Lastimado said. “It is closed. We were told to come here but we were also told that there are many people waiting in line already so we brought our beach chairs with us.”

Source: Marianas Variety :

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