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JPS Escalating Restoration Efforts: Vegetation Identified as Major Contributor to Outages


January 10, 2017 / 7:00 pm

JPS has escalated its response to the power outages in the Corporate Area and St Catherine, by adding several teams from other parishes that were not as badly affected by the outages being experienced by customers over the last two days.

The Company has advised that its teams will be working up to midnight to restore supply to as many customers as possible, but says it is likely that some persons will remain out of supply until tomorrow.

“It has been a very difficult two days for our customers, and for us at JPS,” says Kelly Tomblin, JPS President & CEO. “The power system was badly impacted by the unusually strong winds associated with the Cold Front, but the situation was made worse by the overgrowth of vegetation into our lines in some areas. One of the reasons the restoration is taking so long in some communities, is the fact that we are removing trees from the lines, to prevent recurring outages. Vegetation management is one area of our business that we definitely need to give more attention. We are determined to improve service reliability to our customers, and this will be a critical area of focus for us in 2017,” she stressed.

The JPS President & CEO has promised that the Company will continue to do everything possible to restore supply to customers as soon as possible.  The JPS crews will resume restoration work at 7:00 o’clock tomorrow (Wednesday, January 11).