Video & Photos: Premier Thanks BELCO Crews

November 3, 2014

Premier Michael Dunkley visited BELCO headquarters today [Nov 3] to personally thank the workers for the restoration effort after the double strike from Tropical Storm Fay, and Hurricane Gonzalo, which knocked out 27,000 and 31,000 customers respectively.

Premier Dunkley said, “It’s been a tough three weeks, and I wanted to take the opportunity this morning to come around to BELCO headquarters and to personally say thank you to all the workers for the tremendous job you have done over the past couple of weeks.”

Premier Michael Dunkley BELCO Bermuda, November 3 2014-5

“This past weekend was probably the first weekend in four weekends that the workers at BELCO have had an opportunity to relax and enjoy some of the things in life with their family and friends. And on the backdrop of Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Gonzalo, I wanted to come around and say thank you to the workers at BELCO,” the Premier continued.

“I have been to around the Parks Department, I go to Works Department on Wednesday, I have spoken on the radio, on TV, in press releases; but to me as Premier of Bermuda it’s important that I come around and look people in the eye and thank them for the tremendous work that they’ve done when we’ve been hit by not one, but by two storms.

“And BELCO certainly has done a tremendous job over the past three weeks in restoring power back to Bermuda. You can’t please everyone, there were 27,000 people without power after Fay and 31,000 people after Gonzalo and BELCO settled in.

“As Chairman of the EMO, with the Commissioner of Police, it was tremendously gratifying for me to sit there and have consummate professionals around the table to ensure not only did we prepare Bermuda for the challenge we face, but we were ready after the hurricane went through to deal with the challenges.

“It has been a pleasure working with Denton and Roger, and the whole team here at BELCO. You’ve done a fantastic job and you made me realize again day in and day out why I am proud to be Bermudian….when we have a challenge we rally and we get the job done. So thank you to the tremendous team you have here at BELCO,” added the Premier.

BELCO COO Denton Williams said, “I’d like to formally thank the Premier and the country for recognizing the efforts of the BELCO team.

“Obviously it is not easy work, it was not expected to have to deal with two storms rather than just one, but I can say that I am very proud of the work that our team has put in and the consummate effort that they put forth to deal with both Tropical Storm Fay and also Hurricane Gonzalo.”

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  1. Toodle-oo says:

    Check out Baldy ! One of my BELCO favs . Not only that , but he had his own serious health issues going on for months in the lead-up to this two hurricane (not t/s and one hurricane nonsense) mess and he was still there with his great attitude and personality.

    No doubt many will call it another photo op for Prem Dunkley.
    Many others will say they were getting paid handsomely for their work , so big deal.
    Others will mistakenly make it sound like it’s these guys who decide whether power lines should be put underground .

    All misplaced angst.

    Whether we were getting paid for it or not , how many of us would have wanted to have our workload suddenly go from ‘normal’ to all out chaos for a month and still be expected to perform without loosing our heads ?

    I know a lot of people suffered , even though they didn’t suffer for as long as I did after Fabian , but a big thank you to you guys .

    • Kunta says:

      What a waste of F!@#ing film, these guys know very well that him and his party don’t have their interest.

    • Kunta says:

      Strike a pose, left hand in pocket and let ya right leg swag.
      Does “What a waste of F!@#ing film come to mind”

    • RU Kidding says:

      Kudo’s to Belco, question is why does everything with Dunkely need to be a photop.. EVERYTHING.

      The man seems to be more narcissistic that Ewart!

  2. Keisha says:

    DEVONSHIRE RECREATION CLUB IS IN SERIOUS NEED OF LIGHTS FOR THE FIELD!!!! THERE LIGHTS NEED TO BE FIXED LIKE YESTERDAY BECAUSE THEY ARE HOLDING UP WAYYY TO MANY GAMES AT THE MOMENT. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP THEM OUT BELCO!! THANKS

    -SIGNED FOOTBALL FANS

    • Common Sense says:

      Can Keisha please explain why BELCO needs to fix the lights on the field at Devonshire Recreation Club? Is DRC still without power. If she believes that BELCO should devote time, energy and resources for free to DRC can she explains where this stops. If BELCO installs new floodlights at DRC then surely every other sports field in Bermuda should be given the same privilege. And who pays?

  3. John doe says:

    THANK YOU. All you belco workers for risking your lives for us. I give u guys credit two thumbs up.

  4. Rhonda says:

    notice our Leader needed to call the media, in order to thank BELCO workers….. photo opportunity or genuine appreciation… or both..

    • Rhonda says:

      one may never know…

      • Come Correct says:

        Sure why would the media outlets hunt for a story? Not like they turn a profit from it or anything. Facebook isn’t good enough for your prejudice comments?

      • WTF says:

        If he didn’t go to belco to thank them you would be saying “why didn’t the Premier go and thank the Belco workers”. (In your whiny a– voice) SMDH

      • Christopher James says:

        Paid blogger or just mentally unstable. One may never know eh Rhonda?

      • Cow Polly says:

        Rhonda, may be it was a photo op for the BELCO workers – come on now, who doesn’t like to see their picture in the media?

        Good on ya Premier Dunkley for personally going around and thanking all the workers who put in a tremendous effort to help restore Bermuda. Regardless of the Rhonda’s of this world, we appreciate the gesture

  5. el presidenti says:

    and where was Famous?

    • somuchless says:

      Was in his office that day writing his story about how he can bash the Oba. Eh.

  6. Watcher55 says:

    Bit insulting to the hundreds of people from every industry who worked tirelessly to restore Bermuda, but I guess that doesn’t make such a good photo op