Crewmembers of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. were kept busy over the weekend after the islands experienced stormy weather that caused a series of power outages in different areas and villages.
CUC executive director Alan W. Fletcher told Saipan Tribune yesterday that the corporation’s crewmembers responded to several calls of unscheduled power outages.
“It has been a busy weekend for the Transmission & Distribution crews. We have had multiple crews working since the high winds on Saturday, with most major population centers back in power,” said Fletcher.
He disclosed that there are still scattered outages in outlying areas caused by downed trees and branches falling into lines.
Fletcher expressed his special thanks to the crew who worked hard to restore power to consumers under very difficult conditions. “In remote areas that they had to clear trees and bush in order to even access lines, [it was] both time consuming and hazardous. Crews will stay working on problem areas until resolved,” he told Saipan Tribune.
According to Fletcher, despite all their best efforts, the poles and wires of the electrical systems are prone to failures during storms and he encouraged customers to be prepared and plan for possible service interruptions. To report outages, down lines, and receive updates for their area, CUC has a call center to call on: 664-4CUC.
While weather thus far this season has not been extreme, Fletcher earlier said that the recent heavy rain and moderate winds are taking a toll on the island’s fragile electrical transmission and distribution system.
“If we have severe weather, we are prone to some localized outages due to trees and branches falling into lines. CUC will continue with short-term planned outages for system maintenance,” according to Fletcher.