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DTE Energy Workers Heading to Puerto Rice to Help Restore Power

DTE Energy Workers Heading to Puerto Rice to Help Restore Power

The Florida Division of Emergency Management has reported that more than 269,000 people have traveled from Puerto Rico to Florida in the past three months, but it is unknown how many are considered to have relocated from the Caribbean Island.

The five mobile clinics were held in December at strategically-chosen coliseums and arenas and offered a wide variety of free services including dental care, vision and medical care.

Cullen says that several of the crew members have helped to restore power in hurricane-ravaged areas in the southern USA, so there is some familiarity with the needs in Puerto Rico. "We know the value of mutual assistance partnerships and are proud to step up, and lend our resources and expertise to this initiative to help get Puerto Rico back on its feet".

It's been three months since Hurricane Maria swept through the USA territory and only 70 percent of the island nation has power. They'll join thousands of other power restoration workers from other US energy companies answering Puerto Rico's need for assistance.

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.

"Our mission is to help improve lives and today Puerto Rico needs our help", Kable said. Ameren personnel will work under the direction of incident management teams (IMTs) that were deployed to Puerto Rico Dec. 10 to support the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority's (PREPA's) regional directors. The Army Corps of Engineers says full power will most likely not be restored until May.


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