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Crown Bay Sandfill Experiencing Temporary Electrical Outage, Entrance Rerouted to Frenchtown Gate

A tractor-trailer collision that damaged several electrical poles at the Crown Bay Sandfill on St. Thomas has left the area without electricity. Due to the outage, U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is unable to provide cargo clearance services at its Crown Bay Sandfill office. CBP has temporarily relocated its cargo clearance operations to the Edward Wilmoth Blyden Marine Terminal at the Charlotte Amalie Waterfront for today only. Customers may call the CBP office at the Blyden Terminal at (340) 774-6755.

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) is currently on-site replacing the poles and will work to restore electrical service. Restoration is expected to take several hours. While the repairs are ongoing, vehicular traffic to the Sandfill is only allowed at the Frenchtown gate entrance. The gate near the former Addelita Cancryn Junior High School has been closed until WAPA completes the repairs. VIPA apologizes for any inconvenience caused.

Update: As of 2 Feb 2022, electricity has not been restored to the U.S. Customs office at the Sandfill, Crown Bay. Cargo clearance will continue to be conducted in the Edward W. Blyden Marine Terminal at the Charlotte Amalie Waterfront on St. Thomas today. Power is expected to be fully restored today, and operations will resume in Crown Bay tomorrow, 3 Feb 2022. To contact Customs at the Blyden Terminal, call (340) 774-6755.


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The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) is an autonomous, self-sustaining government agency established in 1969 as the owner and manager of the United States Virgin Island’s airports and seaports. VIPA operates 14 seaports, two airports, and surrounding properties. It is a critical arm of the USVI’s economy that facilitates travel and commerce and fosters tourism and economic growth via its port activities. VIPA’s mandate is to develop and maintain the ports of the USVI to accommodate the current and future demands of our users and to provide safe port facilities. Learn more about VIPA at, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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