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Tinian power restoration 65% complete

TINIAN — About 65 percent of power on island has been restored since the recovery and rebuilding program started after Typhoon Yutu hit the island in October, former Mayor Joey Patrick San Nicolas said on Wednesday.

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Jovita Paulino, right,  Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board member representing Tinian, poses with CUC Tinian Resident Director Evelyn Manglona, and Primary Source Inc.’s Mark Delzer during the inauguration of Mayor Edwin Aldan on Wednesday.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

All critical facilities, including the health center, are again connected to the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s power grid which is managed by Telesource CNMI Inc.

Power has been restored in homes, businesses and government offices in San Jose village, San Nicolas said, adding that the power restoration effort is now focused on Carolina Heights and Marpo Heights.

“It will take time but we’ll get there. It’s all dependent on the arrival of materials,” San Nicolas said.

CUC Tinian Resident Director Evelyn Manglona said full power restoration also depends on the weather. She expects more power poles and supplies to be shipped in from Saipan this week.

In a separate interview, general foreman Mark Delzer of Primary Source Inc., CUC’s contractor, said they could finish the restoration in two months, depending on the availability of materials.

He said they have five four-man crews and 15 vehicles involved in the power restoration program on Tinian.

Former Mayor San Nicolas, whose term ended on Wednesday, thanked all the groups involved in the restoration efforts, including CUC, Telesource CNMI Inc., Primary Source Inc., the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the various volunteers from different organizations and businesses.