Army Corps Departs Puerto Rico as Hurricane Season Begins

Hurricane Maria

(From UPI)

The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday ended its work rebuilding Puerto Rico’s power infrastructure two weeks before the start of the 2018 hurricane season, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced.

Eight months after the Corps was deployed to the island territory in the wake of Hurricane Maria, FEMA said the organization would no longer assist the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority in line restoration. When Maria hit the island in September, it knocked out power to 100 percent of residents.

PREPA said as of Friday, about 95 percent of the island had power restored, though between 16,000 and 20,000 homes are still without.

FEMA said it extended the lease, generation and maintenance of three mega generators in Puerto Rico until the territory’s government completes its purchase of the devices. The Corps also will continue to support 700 generators and provide logistics and materials management capability until PREPA can take over.

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