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Published: Thu, December 28, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Remote Area Medical returns from Puerto Rico

Remote Area Medical returns from Puerto Rico

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and U.S. Rep. Darren Soto are traveling to Puerto Rico Wednesday to get a firsthand look at on-going recovery from the September 20 hit by deadly and powerful Hurricane Maria.

The companies are creating and putting together 6 containers of energy based battery storage to Puerto Rico and Kable says these containers will help them in extreme conditions.

Sometime after the first of the year, about 75 line workers and support staff will head to the island.

Beginning a 2,000-plus mile journey, equipment from Ameren, including trucks and trailers, is expected to roll out from St. Louis and Maryville, Illinois, as soon as later this week. The remaining contingent, including linemen, groundmen, other restoration workers and support personnel are scheduled to follow and begin restoration work on January 15. With this new wave of mutual assistance, the total number of power restoration workers on the island will increase to more than 5,500.

More help is on the way to rebuild the ravaged energy grid in Puerto Rico. Each will spend three weeks in what's called the "Carolina Region" on the northeast coast, just east of San Juan.

The transportation and logistics of getting to Puerto Rico is one of the biggest issues.

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.

LG&E and KU will team up with several other energy providers in a massive effort to speed up the work to get the island's power on.

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