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PPL in Puerto Rico

It’s been about five months since Hurricane Maria ravaged much of Puerto Rico, but the images are still fresh in people’s minds.  With 30% of the is...

It's been about five months since Hurricane Maria ravaged much of Puerto Rico, but the images are still fresh in people's minds.  With 30% of the island still without power, people from all over the country are stepping in to help.  This includes 37 employees from PPL.

"Going really well.  The crews are busy every day.  They work long hard days," Tracie Witter said.

Tracie Witter is the Regional Affairs Director for PPL.  She spoke with Newswatch 16 via Skype from the San Juan area of Puerto Rico.  PPL is one of 18 electric utility groups on the island right now.  They got here on January 25th.  Witter calls the work challenging.

"Sometimes there will be a ravine where a pole had fallen and wires.  Our crews have to use weed whackers and machetes," Witter said.

The PPL employees are working in the middle of neighborhoods.  They've been able to restore power to more than one thousand homes, businesses, churches and schools.

"They couldn't be more thankful.  They thank them every day.  They drive by in cars and wave," Witter said.

The PPL crew is scheduled to return to Pennsylvania next week.  After that, another crew is set to go to Puerto Rico for 30 days.