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Photo Focus – Vox Pop (Voice of the People); Location – Cruz Bay

A protest against WAPA scheduled to take place in Cruz Bay Friday did not. However, locals who were out and about were ready to share their feelings on how they managed to be without power for 24 hours.

Question: How did you make out over the past 24 hours with no power?

Danielle Mengles (Source photos by Nancy Borowick and Judi Shimel)

It had an opposite effect because we (workplace) had a generator, so we were pretty busy. But it put a lot of other companies out of power which wasn’t nice; (there were) people who couldn’t open their businesses, couldn’t put their children to sleep. Schools were let out early — especially at the end of the year — so it was kinda hard on parents who were trying to work and still deal with kids, and time running out … Trying to clean out my fridge with $200 worth of groceries I just bought was not — yeah, we literally had to throw out everything in our fridge even going out to eat three nights in a row because we have no power. Trying to help my daughter — I mean she’s only four — with schoolwork and trying to help keep her on the right track of preschool and everything was kinda difficult.

Teachers were like, “Oh, she’s kinda cranky.”

“Yeah, well, she hasn’t slept in two days.”

Preston Evans (Source photos by Nancy Borowick and Judi Shimel)

To be honest, I just be patient; we know what it is, we know how to get water — we know how to do — you know what I’m saying? I’m from the old school. It’s very easy for us to lose everything, so I just be patient. WAPA has their troubles, so I try to work with them.

I’m one of those people that don’t complain. I just look at from the other side as well.

Denise Wesselhoft (Source photos by Nancy Borowick and Judi Shimel)

We actually stayed at work all night ‘till about 9 o’clock, went home, did what we do during the hurricanes — took a nice little shower bath with the bucket of water, tried to sleep in the heat then got up to start a new day.

Kevanna Matthews with her 2-month-old German Shepherd puppy named Aries. (Source photos by Nancy Borowick and Judi Shimel)

I had a generator but the only problem was the internet and no service, so I had to go out to find a good viewpoint to get service and internet to do all of my school work. It’s still bad, because I think power was currently out when I left my house (about 3:45 p.m., Friday); before I left it was out, but I think it was turned back on after I left. So, it is okay now, but because power goes on and off; you never really know when it’s going to shut off again.

Saskia P.M. (Source photos by Nancy Borowick and Judi Shimel)

Very unwell in my opinion; I definitely lost all my food up until yesterday, and I had to throw it away. I haven’t been able to work, because I wasn’t able to charge my power tools; I’m a landscaper.

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