Austin Energy helps restore power in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria


Nearly three months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island is still working to restore its power grid. Now, they will have some help from Austin Energy crews, who traveled 2,000 miles last week to lend a hand.

Three people from Austin Energy arrived in San Juan on Saturday to assist with power restoration on the island. They are part of a 10-man team that includes personnel from the Salt River Project in Arizona and a total of 70 who are overseeing the now thousands of utility workers from across the United States who are stationed in Puerto Rico.

The crews will spend Christmas on the island, during a month-long deployment to help with planning, logistics and public information, Austin Energy said.

“I want to personally thank the employees who volunteered to serve, even giving up the holidays with their families,” Deputy General Manager Elaina Ball said. “I am so honored to work with such caring individuals who not only work day in and day out for our own community here in Austin, but are so willing to help others in need. Their generosity and willingness to help Puerto Rico rebuild is what being a public power utility is all about.”

Austin Energy previously sent crews to Jacksonville, Fla., in September to help with power restoration after Hurricane Irma. This is the second time it has assisted in relief efforts this hurricane season, spokesperson Robert Cullick said.

Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 hurricane, and several areas are still without power, according to the Associated Press.



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