Saipan: Restoring essential services could take a month

Saipan: Restoring essential services could take a month

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - Saipan residents are preparing for extended power and water outages as island officials say it could take a month to restore fix the damages created by Typhoon Soudelor.

The Pacific Daily News reports that Saipan's Commonwealth Utilities Corp. told the U.S. Department of Energy that it would take at least three weeks to restore power, water and wastewater systems.

The Energy Department says the typhoon hit Saipan with wind speeds of 91 mph and caused severe damage to the electricity infrastructure.

The report by the utilities corporation says about 150 wooden poles and 114 transformers were destroyed and that rain damaged power generation equipment.

The corporation says it has 77 replacement power poles but no power transformers.

Around 484 island residents were in emergency shelters.

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