FEMA grants Puerto Rico power utility additional $128M
SAN JUAN – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced over the weekend that it has granted an additional $128 million to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) for conducted emergency repairs. The agency said it had already provided the utility some $213 million for other emergency work.
Prepa produces and distributes electricity to more than 1.5 million customers and is a nonprofit public corporation. Even before Hurricane María took out the island’s electric grid on Sept. 20, the utility’s already delicate infrastructure was weakened further by Hurricane Irma.
To date, more than $70 million have been assigned to aid individuals, and over $347 million for relief efforts in response to hurricanes Irma and María, FEMA said.
The federal agency continues accepting requests from Puerto Rico residents whose homes and property were damaged by the storms.