The following is an excerpt from ANUSHREE MADAPPA | February 11, 2018 | ibtimes.com |
Residents in the town of Coamo, Puerto Rico, have resorted to building their own power grids after months of requesting Puerto Rico's power company and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore power in the region — suffering from the longest spell of power outage in U.S. history — didn’t yield any result.
Residents of Coamo — a town high in the mountains of southern Puerto Rico — have started to restore their own power by pulling power lines from undergrowth and digging holes for wooden posts in efforts to bring back power to the town of 40,000, NBC reported.
Vice Mayor Edgardo Vazquez is amassing troops that include teachers, handymen, a postal worker and an accountant, backed by municipal workers with professional equipment, tools and experience in light electrical work.
“If we don't do this, we'll be without power until summer," Vazquez said.
Frustrated by months of heat and darkness, residents of the town lamented the slow progression towards the restoration of power in the region.
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