#BAHAMAS – March 30, 2020 — Bahamas Power and Light Company Ltd. (BPL) wishes to advise that brush fires, said to have been started by persons burning debris, have destroyed poles and caused outages to all of North Abaco (Blackwood included). Lines have been felled as a result of damaged poles. This has also hampered restoration efforts as crews have had to move to dealing with this immediate concern instead of continuing restoration activities.
BPL asks that residents please use the sanctioned landfills/dumpsites and not try to dispose of debris by lighting uncontrolled fires. BPL continues to work with authorities to extinguish fires posing threats to the utility infrastructure. We also wish to sincerely thank the concerned citizens and local groups who have sounded the alarm when needed and even lent their equipment and labor to help to extinguish fires in the north of Abaco.
We thank our customers for their patience and apologize for any inconvenience.
PRESS RELEASE ISSUED MARCH 29, 2020