Burnt GEBE switch cause outage in Monte Vista area

September 30, 2023 8:04 pm
~ Power Outage Affects Monte Vista Hill and Surrounding Areas ~
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - September 30, 2023 - Residents of Monte Vista Hill and nearby neighborhoods in St. Maarten experienced an unexpected power outage today, with some areas enduring the disruption for several hours. The outage, attributed to a burnt switch on a high-tension line, prompted the local utility company NV GEBE to issue public notices addressing the situation and its ongoing efforts to restore power.
The initial notice, released approximately six hours ago, informed the public about the outages resulting from damaged cables. The affected areas included Jordan Village, Cupecoy, Chin Cherry Road, Monte Vista, and sections of Illidge Road. NV GEBE expressed regret for the inconvenience caused by these interruptions and assured customers that their technicians were working diligently to resolve the issue.
However, residents in the Monte Vista Hill area had been without power since earlier in the day, sparking concerns among the affected community. One resident, speaking with StMaartenNews.com, expressed frustration over the prolonged outage.
In response to the mounting concerns, NV GEBE issued a follow-up notice approximately an hour ago, specifically addressing the power outage in Monte Vista Hill and its vicinity. The utility company identified the cause of the disruption as a burnt switch on a high-tension line.
NV GEBE acknowledged the inconvenience faced by residents and emphasized that restoring power to this area had become a top priority. Repair work was immediately initiated, with the utility company's dedicated team striving to expedite the process.
Efforts to rectify the issue were underway, and NV GEBE expected full power restoration throughout the evening. The company expressed its sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused by the unforeseen outage and thanked customers for their patience and understanding.
Photographs of the burnt-out switch in the Monte Vista area circulated on social media, along with video footage depicting the initial fire and subsequent efforts by GEBE technicians to install a brand-new system at the switch location.
NV GEBE urged customers with questions or concerns related to the outage to contact their customer service team at 1 721 588 3117. The utility company assured the public that its team was working diligently to restore power as quickly as possible.
As the repair work continues, residents in the affected areas eagerly await the return of stable electricity, hoping to soon put the inconvenience of the power outage behind them.
For updates on this situation, residents are encouraged to stay informed through NV GEBE's official communication channels.