At the moment, residents to Conaree extension up to residents below the Conaree Hills are without electricity, but Gawain Fraites, the public relations officer for SKELEC, said electricity supply should be restored by the end of the day once repairs are completed.
He said that several poles and their transformers were burnt out, and these would have to be replaced. “We have already started removing the damaged poles, and we expect to restore electricity by late afternoon,” Fraites said.
On the SKELEC compound east of the island main road at Needsmust, Fraites told MiyVue.com that an assessment of the damage is to be carried out, but he confirmed that there has been damage to poles and electricity wires.
Meanwhile, Denison Paul, operations manager at the Water Services Department said on national radio ZIZ that water supply to some areas of Basseterre will be affected as a result of Sunday’s fire. He said, “Our wells in that valley depend on electricity to be powered so that you can get water. The entire Basseterre area can be affected. In fact all (water) levels are critically low.”
Paul stated, “The possibility exists that we could be out of water in parts of Basseterre today. We are working assiduously, and I encourage all to use water only when it is critically necessary.”
Areas to be affected are Basseterre, Bird Rock, Frigate Bay and the Southeast Peninsula, he informed. “I can tell you that SKELEC is now working to re-establish the (electricity) supply, and the Water Services Department is now working to get standby electricity generators going, so that we can return the supply to normal,” said Paul, who also indicated an uncertainty as to the time for full restoration.