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Brief: WAPA Offices Will Close, But Workers Ready for Storm Disruptions

Aug. 17, 2007 — V.I. Water and Power Authority offices will close Saturday because of Hurricane Dean, but WAPA personnel will continue working over the weekend to deal with any problems that arise, agency officials say.
WAPA business offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix will be closed on Saturday because of the uncertainty of the weather, according to a news release. Customers wishing to make payments can do so in the drop boxes at the business offices, at local banks, by regular mail or online at viwapa.vi.
“During any inclement weather that may occur as a result of the passing storm, WAPA line and plant personnel will be on duty to secure WAPA’s systems and to respond to any service interruptions that may result from wind gusts and rain,” the release said. “Customers are urged to secure whatever protective electrical equipment or devices such as surge protectors that they deem advisable to protect their equipment and appliances or to disconnect those items as further protection.”
Tropical-storm conditions will likely cause power interruptions, and WAPA urges customers to be patient while crews work to restore the power. Repeated calls to dispatchers from any one customer may delay the response time from line crews in the field.
Customers can call 773-1050 on St. Croix and 774-1424 for St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island to report any problems.
“If necessary, WAPA will activate its emergency call centers,” the release said. “However, this will occur only if a critical situation develops which affects the majority of WAPA customers on any particular island.”
Those numbers are 777-WAPA in the St. Thomas district or 713-WAPA in the St. Croix district. “Conditions have determined that these numbers do not yet need to be activated,” the release said.
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