Two-week update: Puerto Rico restoration

Two-week update: Puerto Rico restoration


Mississippi Power’s 10-person team assisting the restoration efforts in Puerto Rico has now been working on the island for more than two weeks.

After arriving on Jan. 20, the group has been working in the western portion of the island near Mayaguez.

“The team continues to work safely and stay in good spirits,” Engineering Supervisor Matt Ball said. “We still have about two weeks of work remaining on our feeder, then we’ll move on to our next assignment.”

In the last few days, the team has concentrated its efforts on straightening a 3-phase pole on top of a steep hill, installing a new 3-phase pole and framing it for a transformer. The team also pulled a span of primary wire up through the woods.

“The geography is presenting challenges that we just do not see in south Mississippi,” Ball said. “But the team is focused on working safely and appreciates the opportunity to be part of such a special restoration effort. The amount of work that’s been done to restore electric service to the citizens of Puerto Rico is incredible.”

When Hurricane Maria crossed Puerto Rico in late October, the island’s power delivery system was destroyed. Assistance began arriving from electric utilities on the U.S. mainland almost immediately. Distribution Director Randall Pinkston and Distribution Manager Randy Castello each spent a month on the island at the end of 2017.

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