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Crews working to restore power

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Crews working to restore power

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Crews from The Barbados Light & Power Company Limited are still working to restore power to customers who were knocked out during the passage of Tropical Storm Tomas.
A release just sent in from Managing Director Peter Williams explained that
Tomas, one of the strongest storms to hit Barbados since Hurricane Janet in 1955,  did extensive damage to the electricity network.
“Light & Power has placed priority on restoring the main feeder lines and providing supply to critical services on the island, including water pumping stations operated by the BWA. By the end of the evening, only seven of the Company’s 58 feeders remained out of service. However, many customers would have still been without supply as distribution lines and transformers feeding these customers would still need to be reconnected,”  said.
Williams said work will continue tomorrow Monday to repair the electricity lines that feed large areas, including those in Wildey and surrounding areas, along the West Coast between Holetown and Speightstown, and communities in the north of the island. 
“Following this, every effort will be made to replace the service lines that feed individual residences and businesses that would have been damaged during the storm.  This process is likely to take a few more days to complete.
“Light & Power understands that customers are anxious to know when their power will be returned and wishes to assure everyone that it is doing all that is possible to restore supply to all customers in the shortest possible time” he said. (CM)

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