POLES OF CONCERN| Why no power was in Lluidas Vale for 3 days

Residents of Top Hill district in St Catherine, close to the border of that parish with Clarendon, have accused the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) of ignoring their pleas to replace fragile utility poles that have become a public threat.

They also want power lines cleared of shrubs, which they think may be contributing to the frequent power outages being experienced in the Top Hill and Lluidas Vale areas.

One of the poles, which had been a cause of concern for some time, collapsed during torrential rainfall on Tuesday, September 16.

It left residents of several communities – including Lluidas Vale district – without electricity for three days. Some residents have complained about suffering huge losses.

JPS eventually replaced the fallen pole yesterday afternoon, September 19 – as shown in the photos directly below:

In the meantime, another JPS utility pole is on the verge of collapsing a relatively short distance away from the one that fell on Tuesday.

It is partially hanging across the main roadway that connects the parishes of Clarendon and St Catherine.

Residents said the pole has been slouching precariously for more than two years, adding that JPS has ignored their repeated appeals to have it replaced. These are some photos of the slouching pole:

This pole in the foreground (on the right) is on the verge of collapsing in Top Hill, near he border between St Catherine and Clarendon

Meanwhile, the following photos show three of the poles covered with shrubs in the section of Top Hill district that is close to the border of St Catherine and Clarendon:


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