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Longer wait for power and water services


Antoinette Connell

Longer wait for power and water services
Managing director of Barbados Light & Power (BL&P) Roger Blackman. (Picture by Sandy Pitt)

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Some householders hoping for a return of utilities by today may have to wait a bit longer in the aftermath of Hurricane Elsa.

Electricity, water, and telecoms heads yesterday gave updates on progress in restoring service but not all the news was good during a press conference between Government and private sector leaders at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Managing director of Barbados Light & Power (BL&P) Roger Blackman said 200 poles have to be replaced along with 45 transformers and a kilometre of wire restrung, but the company was hoping that by the end of yesterday 65 per cent of their customers would have back service.

“At this point we are aiming to have 80 per cent of our customers back within 48 hours . . . and the focus continues to be on those areas that are considered to be emergency or critical, safety being a key factor,” he said, adding that is followed by attention to large clusters. (AC)

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