Power back for most homes, says CUC

| 19/08/2021 | 29 Comments
  • Cayman News Service
  • Cayman News Service

(CNS): Power was restored to most CUC customers by around 1:30 on Thursday morning, the company said, but there are still a few areas where repairs need to be completed. Around 50% of customers were restored around 10pm Wednesday night following an island-wide blackout in the wake of the storm. Parts of Bodden Town, Prospect, Seven Mile Beach and West Bay as well as other isolated areas were without power until the early hours of the morning, as crews worked throughout the night to connect customers.

While poles and lines were directly damaged by the storm, CUC had said that the main generation plant was fine, but as it began restoring power late Wednesday afternoon the entire system went down.

Even those that had been restored pretty quickly after the storm lost power at around 6pm. Some customers have now been without power since early Wednesday morning at the peak of the storm.

Thanking customers for their patience and understanding, CUC also thanked the crews and teams for the “great work they did under challenging circumstances”.

Customers can monitor the outage map on the CUC website or follow the updates on social media platforms.

Anyone experiencing an outage should call the Outage Hotline at 945-1282.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks to all the charitable motorists who sacrifice their vehicles during the year in order to train CUC staff how to change power poles so quickly. Keep it up!

  2. Anonymous says:

    6:30pm Thursday still no power in area of Prospect,,, !,,

  3. Anonymous says:

    No matter what, CUC is one of the best power providers in the entire region. Yes, we pay well for it but they give us GREAT service. Thanks CUC!

  4. Anonymous says:

    When are we going to start pushing CUC to move their grid underground? If we are not going to allow net metering for solar installations because we want to have CUC in the future, then they need to plan to move the power supply underground to meet the needs of living on a flat island in the Caribbean. Even if its a 25 year plan, all new developments or redevelopments could be made to fund the length of their piece of land for example. I think Dart has done something along the by pass as all the lines from Camana Bay to the dump are underground, the next section has a snapped pole and then that leads directly to CUC, so there is still a weakness in the grid for them to deal with.

    • Anonymous says:

      Every new home should be built with solar power as a start.

      • Anonymous says:

        And a minimum of R10 insulation in the walls & floor slab R19 in the attic. But I still hear people say that insulation is for cold climates🙄

    • Anonymous says:

      You would see underground power only when you are willing to be assessed 500% of what you now pay for electricity . The cost of installation & routing , not to mention maintenance is truly eye watering. The grid we have now is cheap to install , cheap to maintain and cheap to replace if damaged. That is why CUC has it here for us. Thanks to the CUC line crews for getting power back, if they are in your street , take them a Gatorade or bottles of water, they will appreciate you appreciating them .

      • Miami Dave says:

        Have you ever wondered why in Florida, which has similar environmental conditions and flooding to us has underground power? In Florida they pay a lot less for power than we do here.

  5. Anon says:

    I would like to know how CUC decides which residential areas they restore power to first. Those in the capital and affluent areas seem to be quite comfortable right now.

    • Anonymous says:

      They were until they tried to start them all at once and messed up the grid 😂. Then they became like the rest of us…regular

    • Anonymous says:

      The country’s commercial centre should be first, followed by the areas with the most population. Then they have to take into account the areas that are the quickest fixes. All of this just makes sense, but that won’t stop people from complaining if they’re not first.

    • Anonymous says:

      They pick the low hanging fruit first after the priority customers, hospitals, airport etc.
      If an area/sub division has minimal or no damage they fire it up.
      Why not. They are a commercial company.-

    • Anonymous says:

      Airport grid, Hospital grid always priorities. Then affluent areas then the rest. Always been this way.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Still no power in parts of Prospect and it’s part 3pm.

  7. Anonymous says:

    “Grace recovery surcharge”
    soon to appear on your CUC bill

  8. Anonymous says:

    Great job CUC

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wait till they hit you with the extra charges in the next few months before you go praising them too much

  10. Anonymous says:

    Nothing on here yet on Northside at lunchtime Thursday. Drove the whole loop around the East End, Northside part of the island, all the way to Rum Point and didn’t see any CUC staff anywhere yet. Not complaining, I know they work really hard and have done great things for the rest of the island. Just wish we weren’t always the last out this side. Maybe when they fix the internet lines they could consider giving us speeds faster than dial up from the 1990’s too. Big applause for CUC for all the hard work they do.

  11. Invest in CUC says:

    Thank you CUC! Your staff has done an immense job under the circumstances.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I think looking at the extent of some of the damage, CUC actually did a fantastic job getting power back on as quickly and safely as they did.

  13. Anonymous says:

    CUC is one of the hardest working sectors on this island and cant say thank you enough for the hard work on getting power back as quickly as you can minus the obstacles.

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