GPA: Yona Outage Caused by Power Pole That Fell After Being Cut by Chain Saw; GPD Investigating

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Guam – A power pole in Yona toppled over Sunday afternoon after someone with a chain saw cut half-way through it causing it to fall.

GPA Spokesman Art Perez says that the power pole was located near the RCA communications station, in a relatively isolated area of Yona off the road that leads to GPA’s Manengon fast-track plant and the Manengon Hills resort.

The wooden pole held a bank of 3 transformers and its collapse caused a power outage from Yona village down to Pago Bay. The outage was first reported about 1:30 pm.

A GPA crew was dispatched and managed to get power restored within 4 hours.

“Obviously this was intentional,” said GPA Spokesman Art Perez, “Guam Police have been contacted,” he said.

Perez  could not estimate the cost of  repairing and the replacing the downed power pole, but said it would be substantial given the manpower, the damaged transformers and the lost revenue from the power outage.

Perez is asking anyone who might have seen something suspicious or who may know anything about this act of vandalism, to contact Guam Police or call Guam Crime Stoppers at 477-HELP. 

 

[photo courtesy Guam Power Authority]