CUC: Only Feeder 1 remains online

CUC clears some roads from downed poles, installs 27 wooden poles on As Terlaje

The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has cleared some roads of fallen power poles and installed 27 wooden power poles along Monsignor Guerrero Road by the Kiya sub-station up to As Terlaje. However, only Feeder 1 grid areas have power as repairs were still being done at Power Plant 1 in Lower Base as of last night.

According to CUC, out of nine feeders on Saipan, only Feeder 1 is on online.

Areas under Feeder 1 that have power are the Commonwealth Health Center in Garapan, Upper and Lower Navy Hill, Lower Miha, Anak’s Homes in Puerto Rico, Paganville, Sugar King Estates, Bank of Saipan to China Town, and JG Sablan Ice and Water Co.

Since Wednesday, Feeder 7 and Feeder 4 (first partial) areas are prepared to go online as soon as Power Plant 1 repairs are done and energized.

Feeder 7 areas are Lower Base, Sadog Tasi and Marpi. Feeder 4 (first partial) areas are Sadog Tasi to Capital Hill by the old Emergency Management Office building on Capital Hill.
On Tinian, as of yesterday morning all feeders remain offline and station power is on at the CUC Tinian Power Plant. Islandwide water services remain offline.

An additional 26 Guam Power Authority line crew, engineers, and other trade staff were expected to arrive on Saipan yesterday afternoon.

CUC executive director Gary P. Camacho said heavy equipment and vehicles arrived on the international cargo carrier Antonov in collaboration with GPA to assist with restoring power poles and fittings.

As for debris clearing, CUC cleared power poles and power lines from Beach Road to Joeten Susupe to Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.

CUC crew cleared power poles at Commonwealth Ports Authority and Dandan Headstart.

Crew repaired streetlights for the reverse-osmosis system at Garapan Fishing Base.

In Kiya 2 area, CUC cleared downed power poles blocking typhoon shelter at San Vicente Elementary School and Dandan Headstart for water truck and trash trucks to have access.

On power transmission and distribution, CUC inspectors have removed 933 electric meters from damaged locations and for safety concerns from buildings.

On water operations, engineering is working with Federal Emergency Management Agency to install generators at several well sites.

On wastewater, CUC said all northern and southern collection systems and wastewater treatment plants are offline.

CUC said 10 lift stations are on emergency backup generator.

At noon yesterday, CUC reported that due to down power at the CUC Dandan office, the phone system is currently down, affecting the Call Center operation.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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