Power, water outages force Arthur Richards Junior High to cut off classes Monday

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ST. CROIX - Electricity, water and classes were back on Tuesday at Arthur Richards Junior High School, following an emergency closure due to a power outage Monday.

Education spokeswoman Ananta Pancham said the electrical problems that had been identified Monday at the Stonyground, Frederiksted, school had been corrected and classes resumed as usual Tuesday.

According to a release from Pancham on Monday, classes were dismissed shortly after 1 p.m. after the electrical problems persisted.

Jeraine Flemming, Water and Power Authority spokeswoman, said over the weekend the school experienced electrical problems causing a blown electrical fuse on WAPA's nearby pole. Crews identified a problem with the school's high voltage underground cable system and while it was not a WAPA issue, Flemming said the authority's employees assisted with work on the cable to bring a quick resolution to the school's electrical problem and get the students back in school.

She said residents in the area reported hearing a popping sound over the weekend consistent with the sound of a blown fuse. The problem area was isolated, she said, and power was disconnected to several residences until the matter was rectified.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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