Thousands In Guam Left Without Power And Water After Typhoon Dolphin


Thousands In Guam Left Without Power And Water After Typhoon Dolphin

Guam was hit by a powerful typhoon over the weekend which destroyed homes, knocked down trees and left thousands without power or water by early Sunday morning.

Government utility crews worked through the night and into the morning so that 80% of residents’ power is back up, according to Joint Information Center spokeswoman Jenna Gaminde.

Over 10,000 homes were back online Sunday morning, she said, adding that crews will be moving through the villages throughout tonight to restore individual homes.

Residents were being asked to conserve water, as the Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) worked to repair damaged lines and reconnect residents in order to prevent the spread of disease which accompanies such disasters if water is not immediately reconnected.

Hundreds remained in island storm shelters as the crews worked through the night to fix the damaged utilities system.

Over 3,300 GWA subscribers experienced water outages and 40 percent of Guam Power Authority customers experienced power outages that lasted through yesterday, according to GPA and GWA spokeswoman Heidi Ballendorf.

While GWA had installed backup generators prior to the storm making landfall more than five of the emergency generators experienced malfunctions, which left about 8.2 percent of the agency's 41,000 customers without water.

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