Local power crews head to Puerto Rico

Photo courtesy: FEMA / MGN / We Energies

PUERTO RICO (WBAY) - Nearly 60 field employees from Wisconsin Public Service and We Energies are heading to Puerto Rico to help with power restoration efforts.

They fly out of Milwaukee Saturday morning.

About 40 percent of power customers still don't have electricity nearly four months after Hurricane Maria tore through the island.

The U.S. Army expects power will be restored to the vast majority of the territory by the end of March.

"I'm confident that the majority of Puerto Rico, probably in the 95 percent -- we're talking customers now, or clients -- will be restored power by the middle of March, certainly by the end of March, I think we'll see the majority," Colonel John Lloyd, commander of the power restoration task force, said.

Lloyd added, "The problem is that last five percent" -- the remote, hard to reach areas of Puerto Rico.

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