Guam – Less than a week after Typhoon Yutu’s passage, Guam Power Authority crews boarded a plane to Saipan to help restore power to the island.
Over the last two months a team of GPA linemen, substation, and plant electricians, operators, engineers, heavy equipment operators, plant mechanics and support staff worked tirelessly to bring Saipan out of darkness and back online.
“Less than a week after Super Typhoon Yutu devastated the CNMI, GPA employees were on the ground in Saipan, working twelve- to fourteen-hour days, seven days a week. These employees were happy to contribute their time and talent to help our brothers and sisters in Saipan. Hopefully, our efforts out there will help make Christmas a little brighter for our CNMI neighbors,” stated GPA Acting General Manager Melinda C. Mafnas.
GPA bucket trucks and other vehicles and equipment were also sent to help support the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation with restoration.
75-percent of Saipan’s power is now restored, and with that accomplishment under their belts, the first team of responders were welcomed home on Saturday. GPA Spokesman Art Perez states that a second team will prepare to leave on December 27th to continue and complete power restoration efforts in the CNMI.