Bahamas Power and Light Company Ltd. (BPL) reports that a team of four linesmen and one foreman from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) arrived in Nassau today at 5:30PM. These men are the first team of external assistance to be deployed into Abaco following Hurricane Dorian, a Category Five bruiser that blasted Abaco for days beginning on September 1, and all but obliterated infrastructure some communities on the island. The BVI team will go through a safety orientation at BPL headquarters in Nassau on the morning of October 8, before shipping off to Abaco that afternoon. These men are due to begin work on October 10 in North Abaco. This team will represent BPL’s first deployment into North Abaco.
They will begin their work at Coopers Town. The intent is to add additional teams in the North so that we can complete repair of systems from Coopers Town to Crown Haven, in order to prepare to return customers along that corridor to service. That would include customers in Cooper’s Town, Cedar Harbour, Wood Cay, Fox Town,
Mount Hope and Crown Haven. The BVI linesmen are part of the CARILEC assistance promised by our fellow Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) states in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, which wrought an estimated US$7 billion in damage, both livelihood and property damage. All South Abaco communities have been re-energized and are being serviced by the 1.8 megawatt CAT generator shipped to Abaco from our Exuma operation. After Moore’s Island, where BPL employees were able to put power back on almost immediately after the storm, the South Abaco communities of Winding Bay and Cherokee Sound were the first on. We were able to return the rest of the South to service shortly thereafter.
View highlights from continuing restoration efforts below: