Daily Caller – Power remains out for nearly half the island of Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria, a category four storm, wrecked the island Sept. 20.
Puerto Rican officials told The Associated Press Friday, the 100th day since Maria struck, that power had been restored to 55 percent of the island’s residents. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates the island will not have full power until May, nearly 8 months after the hurricane.
“The damage was severe,” power company spokesman Geraldo Quinones told The AP. “A lot of work remains.”
The Army Corps of Engineers has taken the lead in repairing the island’s energy grid after the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the island’s energy company, was forced to cancel a $300 million contract made under suspicious circumstances, The Hill reports. read more