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More Than 100,000 Homes in Puerto Rico Don’t Have Power: Lawmaker

March 22, 2018, 10:13 PM

More than 100,000 Puerto Rican homes are still without power six months after Hurricane Maria devastated 80 percent of the island’s electricity grid, Republican Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, Puerto Rico’s nonvoting member in Congress, said.

“The most important situation on the island is power,” Gonzalez-Colon told reporters after a March 22 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the federal hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

Category 5 Hurricane Maria in September 2017 was the worst hurricane to hit the island in nearly a century. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)...

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