Managers at the Village Shopping Centre expect to have a clearer picture in the next couple of days as to when it will reopen.
© — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
Restoration work continues at the Village Shopping Centre. Water damaged the St. John's shopping mall's electrical system following a massive power outage that set off its sprinkler system.
In a news release issued Saturday, management said electrical engineers were redesigning a portion of the site's electrical system.
Last Saturday's massive power outage that impacted most of Newfoundland damaged the shopping centre's sprinkler system, which subsequently caused water damage to the electrical system.
According to the latest news release, the Village's current electrical system was custom built and requires specialized engineers to fix. Some local engineers are assisting with that work, but management has also brought in engineers from New Brunswick and Ontario for the redesign work.
“Our focus from the beginning has been centered on returning electricity to the Village Shopping Centre as quickly and safely as possible,” said management for the Village.
The release also commented on the building closure's impact on hundreds of workers. Management said it has been keeping its tenants up to date as work progresses.
“We recognize the situation has kept hundreds of people out of their places of employment and as such we are expediting any process where we are able and are utilizing any and all resources necessary to achieve this goal.”
Telegram staff are among those affected by the closure. They have been working from other sites since last Saturday to continue updating thetelegram.com and publishing the newspaper.