Cancun, Q.R. — The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) reports their continual efforts to fully restore electricity to those who remain in the dark after the passing of Hurricane Delta earlier this week. The CFE had reported a 93 percent restoration rate, however, Governor Carlos Joaquin clarified the actual figure was closer to 70 percent.
During the past two days, residents of various communities from rural Cancun to Isla Mujeres have protested their continued lack of electricity days after the passing of the storm. Their lack of electricity also affects their water supply, since city pumps require power.
CFE says that they maintain permanent staff after the passage of Hurricane Delta through Quintana Roo and Yucatán. According to the company, the storm affected 455,496 users in both states.
They say that while a majority of ousted users have been restored, there are approximately 11,000 people who remain without power due to their location of flooded or difficult-to-access areas. They add that before they can move into those areas to restore electricity, Civil Protection authorities need to determine that there is no risk to citizens or to CFE staff, noting that in SM 41, two CFE brigades worked for more than 10 hours at three points to free the lines of broken branches and fallen trunks to change transformers.
They stress they continue to work with the National Civil Protection System, the Secretariat of National Defense, Secretariat of the Navy, National Water Commission, Secretariat of Health, Civil Protection, state and municipal governments to address the effects of the hurricane and restore service to 100 percent.