Friday, 19 October, 2018

Dominion Energy Virginia to assist with Puerto Rico power restoration efforts

Dominion Energy Virginia to assist with Puerto Rico power restoration efforts Dominion Energy Virginia to assist with Puerto Rico power restoration efforts
Jay Anderson | 28 December, 2017, 01:16

"As we speak, hundreds of trucks and thousands of pieces of equipment are being barged into Puerto Rico", said Carlos D. Torres, power restoration coordinator appointed by Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló.

After already sending 100 contract line workers to support recovery efforts, Duke is sending employees from the midwest, Carolinas and Florida. "Many of the local volunteers who helped us in Puerto Rico have been living without power or water for over 100 days, but they still took a leap of faith and gave their time in hopes of changing lives".

Officials say they have begun rounding up crews and gathering resources and plan to have linemen and personnel arriving within the first two weeks of January.

70 percent of the island has been without power for 3 months, according to FEMA.

Much of Puerto Rico still is without electric and cell phone service.




Botkins says the Dominion Energy Virginia contingent is part of a national wave of 1500 personnel from utilities that will head to Puerto Rico.

Ray Wiesehan, Ameren's vice president for corporate security and crisis management, said the island has been sectored into seven regions for purposes of the restoration.

Dominion Energy personnel anticipate assisting in Puerto Rico for a minimum of a month.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency reports on its website that power has been restored to 65.4 percent of the unincorporated USA territory since Maria ravaged the US territory.

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