BELCO: 500 Customers Remain Without Power

October 6, 2015

[Updated] As of 9:00am this morning [Oct 6] 2,300 customers remained without power following the passage of Hurricane Joaquin.

A BELCO spokesperson said, “As of last night all mainline circuits had been restored and all schools have supply. As of 9:00am this morning 2,300 remained without power.

“At this stage of restoration it is very common for numbers to fluctuate as some customers may not come back on-line when their mainline circuit does, indicating a more localized issue.

“Also, customers who experience partial power are advised to turn all power off until the problem is solved.

“This morning crews are working on a number of major branch lines that serve large numbers of customers including:

  • St. Anne’s Road
  • Pompano area
  • Granaway Heights
  • Chapel of Ease
  • Trinity Church Road

“Additionally, smaller crews are moving throughout the Island dealing with partial power, additional surveying requirements and small jobs. There are more than ample supplies to complete the restoration and as the larger areas are restored crews will continue moving to other areas.

“We also want to give a shout out to the Bermuda Regiment for assisting crews with traffic control. We are expecting a good, productive day with cooperative weather!”

Update 6.25pm: BELCO said that as of 5:40pm today, 1,727 customers remain without electricity as approximately 600 customers have been restored today with more expected to come online through the evening.

The full statement from BELCO is below

As of 5:40pm 1,727 customers remain without electricity. Approximately 600 customers have been restored today with more expected to come online through the evening. All mainline circuits were restored last night; therefore the focus of our crews today has been restoring major branch lines where restoration often requires extensive work but affects large numbers of customers. This focus will continue throughout the evening.

There has been extensive damage in some areas; however, BELCO is targeting to get everyone restored within the next 48 hours.

At this stage of restoration is it not uncommon for numbers to fluctuate as some customers may not come back on-line when their general area is restored, indicating a more localized issue. Additionally, in order to safely complete repairs, there may be a requirement to temporarily turn off power to specific locations.

It is important for customers who are experiencing partial power to turn ALL power off until the problem is resolved and call 955 to report the problem.

Areas where major restoration work is taking place or is schedule for this evening:

  • Trinity Church Road
  • Jennings Road
  • Verdmont Road
  • Gilbert Hill
  • St. Mark’s Road
  • Church Road
  • John Smith’s Bay
  • St. Anne’s Road
  • Pompano Area
  • Granaway Heights
  • Turtle Bay
  • Sentinel Hill
  • Burnt House Hill
  • White Hill
  • Lantana
  • Nine Beaches
  • Spice Hill
  • Chapel of Ease
  • Bourne Drive
  • Anchorage Road
  • Deep Dale
  • SPCA
  • Tribe Road #6 Warwick
  • Peter’s Road
  • Radnor Road

As these jobs are completed it is expected large numbers of customers will have power restored throughout the day. Additionally, smaller crews are continuing to move throughout the Island dealing with partial power, additional surveying and small jobs.

We will continue to provide updates through the media, on our Facebook page and through Twitter (@BELCOBERMUDA) and once again express our sincere appreciation for both the patience of those still without power and for the support being expressed for our Team through social media and other communication channels.

Update 10.10pm: BELCO said as of 9:45pm this evening, approximately 500 customers remain without electricity, which is down from 2,300 at 9am, and they expect additional customers to come online as crews continue to work tonight.

The full statement from BELCO is below:

As of 9:45PM approximately 500 customers remain without electricity (down from 2300 at 9AM). We expect additional customers to come online as crews continue to work tonight.

The following areas have been restored so far today:

  • Trinity Church Rd
  • Jennings Rd
  • Verdmont Rd
  • Gilbert Hill
  • St. Mark’s Rd
  • John Smith’s Bay
  • Pompano Area
  • Sentinel Hill
  • Spice Hill
  • Chapel of Ease
  • Bourne Drive
  • Anchorage Rd.
  • SPCA
  • Peter’s Rd.
  • Radnor Rd.

Areas currently being addressed:

  • Church Rd.
  • St. Anne’s Rd.
  • Deep Dale
  • Tribe Road #3 Warwick
  • White Hill

We have not yet been able to start work at:

  • Granaway Heights
  • Burnt House Hill
  • Lantana
  • Turtle Bay

It should be noted that some customers may not come back on-line when their general area is restored, indicating a more localized issue. Additionally, in order to safely complete repairs, there may be a requirement to temporarily turn off power to specific locations.
There has been extensive damage in some areas; however, BELCO is targeting to get everyone restored within the next 48 hours.

BELCO crews will continue to work until stood down by midnight. We will continue to provide updates through the media, on our Facebook page and through Twitter (@BELCOBERMUDA) and once again express our sincere appreciation for both the patience of those still without power and for the support being expressed for our Team through social media and other communication channels.

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  1. Baygrapes says:

    Thank you BELCO, W&E, the Royal Bermuda Regiment and all of you who have helped keep us safe. We are so blessed when you consider the Bahamas and the Carolinas.

  2. Peace and Love says:

    We wouldn’t survive without you, BELCO. Thank you again for all your hard work and long hours. We appreciate you!

  3. mr speaker says:

    Its sad how hard belco is working to get peoples power back on. its pure complaining about them having to work during the storm to get peoples power back on. What about their safety some Bermudians are so ungrateful.

  4. Rmeenswell says:

    Thanks for your efforts to keep the lights on. I speak for all Bermudians by saying THANK YOU.

  5. my view says:

    We are served by the best in the business . Belco line crews are doing their best to get everyone back on line rain blow or shine and for that I thank you.

  6. Tonya says:

    Thank you Belco! My mom’s power came back just before midnight.

    We appreciate your hard work!

    (Also appreciate others who are working to help)

  7. Belco…we are the largest constituency….pay attention…