JPS says more than 420,000 customers now have electricity

The Jamaica Public Service, JPS says more than 420,000 or 62 per cent of customers now have electricity.

The JPS says while it is still in damage assessment mode, it has utilised opportunities to repair  and energise sections of the line that had sustained minimal damage. 

JPS’ Senior Vice President of Energy delivery Blaine Jarret, says over the past two days, power was restored to over 184,000 customers in several communities across the island. 

Mr. Jarrett says while the company managed to keep the lights on for about 35 per cent of its customers during the hurricane, about 448,000 lost service due to damage to the infrastructure. 

The JPS is now making every effort to accelerate the restoration of service to those still without.

The company says while it understands that customers are anxious for service to be restored immediately, electricity restoration is a complicated process that must be handled meticulously in order to protect team members, customers and the grid. 

The JPS says in keeping with its restoration protocol, it has been giving priority attention to the restoration of supply to critical facilities, including airports, hospitals, water supply stations and telecommunication. 

It says several of these facilities are now fully restored, and others are expected to be energised today. 

Among the areas being worked on now are sections of Roaring River, Mammee Bay, Discovery Bay, Great Pond, Pineapple Place, James Avenue, Content Gardens, Exchange, Salem;  Dumbarton, Runaway Bay, and Mt. Edgecombe, all in St. Ann.

Also, Oracabessa, Highgate, Cambridge, Guy’s Hill and surrounding areas, in St. Mary.

Additionally, sections of Grants Pen, Port Royal, Jacks Hill, West Kings House,  Liguanea Avenue, Washington Boulevard, Molynes Road, Constant Spring, and Bull Bay, all in Kingston and St. Andrew.

As well as Bath, Spring Garden, Llanduany, Lyssons, Trinityville, Prospect Pen and surrounding areas, in St. Thomas.

Over in Portland, sections of Port Antonio, Anchovy, Rafters Rest and the Rio Grande Valley are expected to be reconnected to the grid soon.

As for St. Catherine, Rhodens Pen, Tredegar, McCook’s Pen, Clifton, Portmore, Naggo Head Square, Waterford, and Passage Fort are expected to be restored today.

While, sections of Clarendon, Manchester, Westmoreland and Hanover are also to get power today.


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