Five linemen with Cayman’s Caribbean Utilities Company took off for the Bahamas on Wednesday to help get the country’s power lines back up after Hurricane Matthew passed over the islands, causing an estimated $400 million in damage.
“We are very pleased that we can help the Bahamas to restore service to its customers. We may someday need their assistance.”
Homes were destroyed and power lines pulled down across many of the islands in the Bahamas, especially New Providence, Grand Bahama and Andros islands. Local media report that it will take two to three weeks to restore power across the country.
The linesmen from Cayman will help the Bahamas Electricity Company and expect to be there for three weeks. In a press release, CUC said a second crew is standing by in case the Bahamas needs more help.
The linemen who went to the Bahamas have experience in pole climbing, CUC said, “which is necessary when dealing with a shortage of vehicles and equipment due to the storm, which the Bahamas is currently experiencing.”
“We realise that the Cayman Islands could have also … suffered severe devastation from Hurricane Matthew and we are very pleased that we can help the Bahamas to restore service to its customers. We may someday need their assistance,” he said in the statement.CUC’s Darren Ebanks, chairman of the company’s emergency preparedness committee, said utility companies in the Caribbean help one another when disasters hit.
The Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corp. coordinates the regional assistance program between utility companies and maintains a disaster relief fund to help members recover from hurricanes and other disasters.