CUC: Small but no major outages from storm

CPA says flights back up

The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. noted several outages on Saipan during Typhoon Nangka but power was quickly brought back up during the storm that saw little damage to CUC operations.

Sought for the status of CUC after and during the storm on Friday, acting executive director John Riegel said Rota was pretty much “untouched.”

He said Tinian got some action but everything was operational. “Nothing down in the power or the water,” he said.

Riegel said there were several outages on Saipan yesterday evening and into the night but these were quickly addressed.

He said power Friday was fully restored.

Villages that lost power included Kagman and Chalan Kiya, he said.

According to Riegel, crews were working through 10:30pm Thursday night. By that time, all power had been restored for quite some time.

“They continued with trimming trees today but right now at this moment I think things are just running normal,” he said, adding that there were no extra crews out.

CUC was functioning and open all day Friday.

Riegel said there were still accepting payments and payments were being done through the “old-fashioned” way, through hard checks, not electronics.

“We are having some problems doing things electronically but we are still making payments and accepting payments,” he said. He did not know if anybody has missed there’re payments due to the network outage, when asked.

Airports back online
Commonwealth Ports Authority executive director Maryann Lizama said United Airlines flew two “rescue’ flights on Friday.

Cape Air/United had cancelled flights last week due to the ongoing network communications difficulties.

Other airlines reduced flights or cancelled theirs due to the network outage and Typhoon Nangka’s poor weather conditions.

Lizama said as of Saturday Cape Air/United was back to normal operations.

Normal operations were back for other airlines as well, she said.

Dennis B. Chan | Reporter
Dennis Chan covers education, environment, utilities, and air and seaport issues in the CNMI. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Guam. Contact him at

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