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UPDATE: Power restored following utility pole mishap

- cable TV customers still affected
One of the poles accidentally felled by the crane at Prospect Reef on February 11, 2013. Photo: VINO
Several residents from Prospect Reef to McNamara are without electricity after some four utility poles and several wires came crashing down at Prospect Reef in an accident. Photo: VINO
Several residents from Prospect Reef to McNamara are without electricity after some four utility poles and several wires came crashing down at Prospect Reef in an accident. Photo: VINO
A reliable source within the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) confirmed that a crane came into contact with cables belonging to both or one of the communication networks and subsequently pulled down several electrical cables and poles belonging to the BVI Electricity Corporation. Photo: VINO
A reliable source within the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) confirmed that a crane came into contact with cables belonging to both or one of the communication networks and subsequently pulled down several electrical cables and poles belonging to the BVI Electricity Corporation. Photo: VINO
According to the source within the BVIEC, it would take several hours to rectify the damages and as such Prospect Reef and a section of McNamara will be without electricity during this period. Photo: VINO
According to the source within the BVIEC, it would take several hours to rectify the damages and as such Prospect Reef and a section of McNamara will be without electricity during this period. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Power was restored to all affected areas, homes and businesses leading up to the 9 P.M. hour on February 11, 2013 after communities from Prospect Reef to McNamara in Road Town were left without electricity following an accident that occurred in the Fisher Estate area.

Deputy General Manager of the BVI Electricity Cooperation Henry O. Creque, when contacted this afternoon, February 12, 2013 confirmed this while adding that workers stood to the task to minimise the inconvenience brought to bear on customers.

He also related that the accident which resulted in poles and power lines being damaged was caused by a truck which was transporting generators for the the electricity company.

A reliable source within the BVI Cable Company said that their services to residents in the areas were adversely affected and while service was resotred to most persons, they were still working to reconnect others.

Calls to several businesses in the affected areas confirmed that the power was restored sometime between 8:30 P.M. and 9:30 P.M. One businessman in Prospect Reef said that he was impressed with the expeditious response by the electricity company and the fact that they withstood adverse weather conditions to get the job done in a timely manner.

A businesswoman at MacNamara said that while her electricity supply was not affected her cable service was but has since been restored.

See previous story posted February 11, 2013:

Crane accidentally downs 4 utility poles in Prospect Reef

- Sections of Prospect Reef & McNamara without electricity

FISHER ESTATE, Tortola, VI - Several residents from Prospect Reef to McNamara are without electricity after some four utility poles and several wires came crashing down at Prospect Reef in an accident on February 11, 2013.

A reliable source within the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) confirmed that a crane came into contact with cables belonging to both or one of the communication networks and subsequently pulled down several electrical cables and poles belonging to the BVI Electricity Corporation.

The incident reportedly occured just around 3 P.M. There have been no reports of injuries.

According to the source, it would take several hours to rectify the damages and as such Prospect Reef and a section of McNamara will be without electricity during this period.

Some areas affected have already had their electricity supply restored as the electricity company quickly isolated the area that was not directly related to the incident.

The accident has caused a major back-up of traffic stretching from as far as the Road Town Jetty to some point beyond Prospect Reef.

More details to follow.

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