North Coast villagers pleading for power to return for Christmas

North Coast villagers pleading for power to return for Christmas

The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity commission is unsure when full power will be restored to affected villagers along the North Coast.

On Sunday morning, a large tree in the forested area between Santa Cruz and the North Coast Road in Maracas came down on power lines, causing outages and significant damage to T&TEC’s infrastructure, leaving hundreds in darkness.

Reports are the issue is extensive and affected over five communities along the North Coast region, among them Maracas, Las Cuevas, La Fillette and Blanchisseuse.

If the power does not return, many of the villagers state that they will face a bleak Christmas season. Already, many have stated that the food supplies they bought for Christmas had to be thrown out.

T&TEC has since deployed three mobile substations at Maracas Bay, Las Cuevas and Blanchisseuse, where the supply to most of the customers was restored. However, there are still many customers who are out of supply based on their location.

The commission has been notifying the villagers of the outage updates via a PA system throughout the Maracas and Blanchisseuse area and the commission’s corporate communications personnel are at times on the ground in various areas speaking with customers.