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JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

Recovery Release No. 10

May 18, 2015 (7:30 p.m. ChST)

Typhoon Dolphin Recovery: More than 90 percent of island power restored

Guam Power Authority

The Guam Power Authority crews continue to work tirelessly to get the power restored to the island. As of 7 p.m. today, about 91 percent of GPA's system had been restored.

“We have to be realistic that there is a lot of damage in the system. By Tuesday night, we'll have about 95 percent of the island recovered. By Friday night, we'll get the next 4 percent recovered and probably by Sunday night we'll get the last 1 (percent) recovered,” stated John Benavente, interim GPA general manager, and Consolidated Utilities general manager.

“We've added extra crews from the private sector to assist us… the heavy damage was in Dededo and Yigo and our crews were there … (And) by 4 o'clock today we'll be in the Inarajan area and we hope that by midnight we'll have the area around Inarajan Elementary School and Middle School energized.”

Guam Waterworks Authority

The Guam Waterworks Authority is moving toward getting water restored to the rest of the island. We request the public's help with conserving water and only using as needed. Water is estimated to be on within the next couple of days.

“Almost all of the wells have power and are producing water. The problem is, especially after the storm, people start washing their driveways, so the demand on the water system compounds,” Benavente said. He said GWA needs time to fill the water reservoir, and asked Guamanians for their help by conserving water. “We ask the public to help us in the next several days. Avoid outside cleaning and using the water for anything more than what you actually need … and give us the opportunity to build pressure on the system.

“Within the next two days, water will be flowing to everyone,” Benavente added, though noted that it would take at least two days to stabilize the system and another two to get a strong water pressure flowing to all customers.

Shelters

There are currently 300 people in the two shelters, located at Tamuning and Agana Heights Gym. Governor Eddie Baza Calvo has announced that Martin Benavente, the Guam Housing Corps executive director, will be in charge of the transition of the shelterees to their place of residence.  

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