Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 29, 2020 (ZIZ News):
By: Chaïra Flanders
A high voltage pole that was blown down in the vicinity of John England’s Village, St. Peter’s is the cause of a major power outage that affected several communities early Wednesday morning.
ZIZ understands that customers from New Road heading north to Milliken (Monkey Hill, Cedar Grove, etc) have been affected.
Deputy Disaster Coordinator at the National Emergency Management Emergency Agency (NEMA), Claricia Langley-Stevens made the announcement just after 9 a.m. at the National Emergency Operations Centre briefing on behalf of the St. Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC). The emergency briefing was held to update the public about the status of present weather conditions caused by Tropical Storm Isaias.
“SKELEC has reported that the Bayford’s feeder is completely down and this was caused by a down power line in St. Peter’s on the island’s main road below the St. Peters Daycare”, she said.
Langley-Stevens also revealed that there has also been reports of isolated outages across the island.
“There are a few isolated power outages and the communities that are affected will be Green tree in Old Road, Mansion, Saddlers, Buckley’s, Lime Kiln and Cayon”, she listed.
Persons have also reported that power has been out in parts of Taylor’s Extension.
However, on its Facebook page, SKELEC said the company is unable to provide an estimated time of restoration at this time.
Representatives from the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, the Fire and Rescue Services, Shelter Management, Damage Assessment, Health and Public Utilities Departments, St. Kitts and Nevis Red Cross Society, Ham Radio, the St. Kitts Met Office and the NEMA staff were all present at the emergency briefing.