Dec 26, 2017

Parts of Puerto Rico could be without power until May

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Jesus M. Montijo, who said his home was destroyed by Hurricane Maria, holds his 1-year-old son, Damian Kaleb, on Christmas in a shelter for hurricane victims in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.

Go deeper ... The N.Y. Times asks officials why it's taking so long: It was "an already outdated and poorly maintained grid," and "lines went down, poles snapped, towers fell and substations flooded."

  • Around 600 Hurricane Maria victims remain in shelters across Puerto Rico. Barely three months after Hurricane Maria made landfall, 35% of the devastated island is reported to be without electricity.
  • Per, Brig. Gen. Diana Holland, commander of the Army Corps of Engineers' South Atlantic Division, said last week that figure may be misleading, but admitted: "There is a long way to go."
  • "Holland estimated that 95% of the island could have power by late February or early March but 'the folks at the end of the line in remote areas' might not have electricity until May."
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