Tropical cyclone BEJISA: restoring the networks after a catastrophe
The Infrastructure teams on Reunion Island were mobilized following the passage of cyclone BEJISA.
On January 3, Reunion Island was hit by cyclone BEJISA, one of the most violent cyclones of the past ten years. 171,000 households lost power and more than 40% of the inhabitants of the island had no running water.
The telecommunications and energy infrastructure business units of VINCI Energies intervened very rapidly at sensitive sites for France Télécom and EDF Réunion.
Teams were mobilized by the Prefecture during the red alert to work on the France Télécom network. They then went to Cirque de Cilaos, which was cut off from the rest of the island, by the helicopter of the Gendarmerie to re-establish another nerve center.
The following day, other teams were in turn airlifted by helicopter to Cirque de Cilaos. They managed to restore electricity for the great majority of the inhabitants of Cirque.
There was a lot of major work such as the replacement of high voltage A poles.
The network had been completely re-established by January 9 in the evening: 7 days of work, day and night, for the Reunion infrastructure teams.