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EAC working flat out to restore power to fire-hit areas

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EAC workers in the area on Monday (Christos Theodorides)

The electricity company EAC said 13 crews were working to repair the damaged infrastructure on Monday to restore power to all the areas stricken by the huge weekend fire.

“We have 13 crews and teams of technicians who are all on the frontline,” EAC spokesperson Christina Papadopoulou said.

Crews have so far counted more than 250 burnt power poles with the number expected to climb. Damage was also caused to the equipment of the transmission network.

Papadopoulou said 60 to 70 poles have been replaced and generators were installed in the area to provide power to the main sections of Odou, Ora, Ayioi Vavatsinias, Arakapas and Dierona.

“The aim is to connect the communities of Sykopetra and Profitis Elias to the company’s grid by 3pm,” she said. The two villages and a primary school hosting children from the stricken communities are without power.

By 6pm, crews are expected to reconnect Arakapas and Dierona while Melini, Odou, and Eptagonia should be back at full power by nightfall.

Ora and Ayioi Vavatsinias will be reconnected to the grid later. Some areas were inaccessible and the EAC was waiting for other services to clear ways so that they could move in.

Papadopoulou appealed for patience as repairs to the grid necessitated power cuts for safety reasons.

 

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