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Guam says 99% power restored

HAGÅTÑA — Power is almost fully restored all over the island, according to the Guam Power Authority.

The governor’s office also announced that public schools will resume classes today, Monday.

Several local residents remained holed up in hotels as of this weekend as they waited for their power to come back on..

Reese Miranda, of Chalan Pago, and her children have been lodging at the San Fe Hotel in Tamuning since Tuesday. “Might as well enjoy our stay here until we get the power back,” she said.

Typhoon shelters were filled to capacity at the height of Typhoon Mangkhut Monday night last week. In the following days, some residents loafed around the malls to escape the heat at home and to use public charging stations for their phones.

Guam experienced a massive power outage as the typhoon passed by the island Monday night.

“I thought about getting us a hotel room, but almost all the hotels were already fully booked. Because it was so hot, my daughters camped in our car to use the AC,” said Tamuning resident Lolita Manalo, who had her power restored on Friday. “It’s nice to be able to get back to our regular routine,” she said.

As of 7 p.m. Saturday night, the Guam Power Authority reported that “99 percent of the island is energized,” as crews worked throughout the weekend to repair broken power lines.

But the remaining 1 percent are still burdened by the impact of the typhoon. “I still live like a nomad. Small suitcase in my car and sleeping with relatives,” a Guam resident posted on her Facebook page.

“With a remaining one percent to be restored, GPA crews will continue full-force working in the north, central and southern sectors, to bring power to all customers who can receive the service,” GPA stated on its Facebook page.

Malls on Guam were unusually crowded over the past few days as residents try to beat the heat.  The Guam Power Authority said power was 99 percent restored as of 7 p.m., Saturday.  Photo by Mar-Vic CaguranganMalls on Guam were unusually crowded over the past few days as residents try to beat the heat. The Guam Power Authority said power was 99 percent restored as of 7 p.m., Saturday. Photo by Mar-Vic Cagurangan

According to a press release from the governor’s office in Adelup, GPA crews are completing removal of heavy vegetation in damaged cluster areas and making repairs, replacing transformers, restoring downed poles, fixing pole-top equipment, low voltage conditions and partial power situations.

On Thursday night, senators went into session and passed a measure appropriating $2 million to fund emergency expenditures resulting from Typhon Mangkhut.

The emergency funds will be tapped from the Guam Highway Fund and the Healthy Future Funds.

Meanwhile, Gov. Eddie Calvo wrote to President Trump expressing his intention to request an emergency declaration for Guam.

“A major disaster declaration provides a wide range of federal assistance programs for individuals and public infrastructure, including funds for both emergency and permanent work,” according to a press release from the governor’s office.

The governor has the authority to submit a request for a major disaster declaration within 30 days of the occurrence of the incident. Typhoon Mangkhut hit Guam on Sept. 10.

“The request is made based on the finding that the situation is beyond the capability of the island and the affected local governments and that supplemental federal emergency assistance is necessary,” the governor’s office said.

As part of the requirements, Calvo needs to be able to confirm that the local government has taken appropriate action to implement the island’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, estimated the amount and severity of damage to the public and private sector,  described the local government’s efforts and resources utilized to alleviate the disaster,  estimated the type and amount of Stafford Act assistance needed, and certified that the local government will comply with all applicable cost sharing requirements.

“All of these requirements must be fulfilled before the governor can submit his official request for a major disaster declaration for Guam,” the governor’s office said.