Naples housing area loses power
August 31, 2003
NAPLES, Italy — The 2,500 residents of the Gricignano family housing area went without power Friday night and early Saturday morning after electrical problems caused half of the facility to be blacked out.
Power was restored to the western part of the housing compound around 5:15 a.m. Saturday, more than 13½ hours after the outage started.
The eastern portion of the compound, including Naval Hospital Naples, the security and fire departments, and Navy Lodge complex did not lose power.
Lt. Susan Henson, Naval Support Activity Naples public affairs officer, said the problem originated off the U.S. compound. The Italian ENEL power company could not be reached for comment.
Every apartment and town house on the compound lost power, as did the elementary and high school complex, child development center and small commissary.
A commissary manager said the store did lose some chilled dairy products, but “it could have been worse.”
Many of the residents also lost food items.
“Most of the food in my fridge is ruined,” said Seaman Cheryl Allen. “I want to know who’s going to pay for it.”
She also said that getting in and out of her ground-level apartment was difficult because the apartments do not have emergency lighting in the halls.
“You couldn’t see to get in and out of the apartments,” said Allen, a single mother.
Another sailor echoed Allen’s concerns, saying that she had to make the climb up to her third-floor apartment in complete darkness while carrying a newborn baby.
Power outages on the compound are not uncommon.
“We’ve had blackouts before, but not for this long,” said Allen, who has lived in the housing area for about a year and a half.