The St. Vincent Electricity Services Limited, VINLEC, is continuing to provide technical and other assistance to our Caribbean neighbours that suffered severe infrastructural and other damage as a consequence of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Last Saturday, Vinlec sent a team of technicians to the British Virgin Island (BVI) which was ravaged earlier this month by Hurricane Irma.
Communications Officer at VINLEC, Tamara Job-Sprott said the team of five from Rudy’s Electrical, who left the state on Saturday, is being supervised by Mr. Alston Scott, one of Vinlec’s Line Supervisors.
Speaking today on WEFM’s Morning Program, Mrs. Job-Sprott said the team will assist in restoring electricity to the island. She said this entire undertaken, of having the team go to the BVI, is being financed by Vinlec.
Earlier this month, Vinlec sent five employees to Anguilla to aid in the rehabilitation efforts in that country.
Mrs. Job-Sprott said the company is also rendering assistance to the nature isle of Dominica which suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Maria last week.
She said Vinlec sent $15,000 worth of supplies yesterday to that country, inclusive of tarpaulin, baby supplies, dried goods and other items.
Vinlec’s Communications Officer said the company may send a team to Dominica but this will be done only after the needs assessment there is completed and once clearance is given by the Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation (CARILEC), for them to do so.
Mrs. Job-Sprott said they have been in contact with their colleagues in Dominica, including the General Manager of DOMLEC (Dominica Electricity Services Limited) who said they have not completed all their assessments, but they are working to restore electricity to the island.
Hurricane Maria, a category five storm, impacted Dominica during Monday night September 18 into the early hours of Tuesday September 19, destroying properties, cutting power and telecommunication across the island and leaving about 27 people dead.