Twenty-six days ago, Hurricane Irma struck the Virgin Islands, and just under two weeks ago, Hurricane Maria did the same. The two major hurricanes have left indelible marks on all our lives, but there is much for which we are thankful. The hope for a brighter tomorrow evokes confidence that as a people we will recover, rebuild and restore. While each resident of the Virgin Islands works to rebuild their lives, I would like to assure you of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s commitment to rebuild our electrical and potable water systems. WAPA will do its part each day to safely expedite the recovery of the Virgin Islands, while reconstructing a more hardened system with more resiliency.
Our restoration efforts began right after the passage of each storm, as WAPA energized critical facilities within our Virgin Islands community. Our Line Department personnel and on-island contractors have been hard at work since September 7, restoring service to our customers. Since Hurricane Maria struck on September 19, additional manpower and resources have arrived in the territory to aid in the recovery, and more help is on the way. While this will be a lengthy, and at times, tedious process, our efforts will be unceasing until every neighborhood in our Virgin Islands community has been restored.
History shows WAPA standing shoulder to shoulder with the people of the Virgin Islands in recovering from past catastrophic hurricanes. The recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria will be no different. Together, we will recover, rebuild and restore.