Power service to remaining Puerto Rico town expected to be restored by year’s end
SAN JUAN – The interim executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa), Justo González, said Thursday that the utility hopes to power up Ciales this week. It is the only town remaining without any service.
“We continue working in Ciales. It is the only town left and our efforts are on that. So, people of Ciales, be on the lookout: We are working for you, too,” González said in a live broadcast on Facebook.
He explained that utility personnel are focused on the challenge of energizing line 36100, which runs between Morovis and Ciales.
“Yesterday [Wednesday], we had to replace cables, because the cable in one of the phases was pretty badly damaged. It was raining in the area. Today [Thursday], we hope to mobilize one of our helicopters to speed up the process. We’re going to have more than 60 men working in this area. Our goal is to energize Ciales before the new year and we are going to push hard to power Ciales up. It is a challenge for us and we will achieve it with the help of all those who are working and with the help of God,” he added.
The official also announced that the urban and surrounding areas of Yabucoa were energized after connecting a converter to the generator installed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in that municipality.
“We were able to overcome the problems we had in Yabucoa in relation to the transformer that we brought, and Yabucoa is already on. I want to announce that Yabucoa joins the towns that have electricity. We have electricity in the urban part and we are looking [to restore service to] residential areas of the urban part and areas that are commercial,” he said.
He indicated that service restoration to the eastern town was possible through coordinated work between Prepa and USACE personnel.
Meanwhile, he said brigades are working in sectors of San Juan such as Barrio Obrero, Unviersity Gardens, Rossevelt Urbanization, El Vedado, PR-176, Pedro Ramos and Avelino López roads, Nuestra Señora de Covadonga, Cases Street in Condado, Parkville, Puerto New, Country Club, Berwind Estates Colinas de Monte Carlo, Parcelas Falú, Quebrada Negrito and San Gerardo urbanization.
In addition, work is also underway in sectors of Guaynabo, Trujillo Alto, Bayamón, Toa Baja, Toa Alta, Cataño, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Dorado, Naranjito, Corozal, Caguas, Naguabo, Las Piedras, Juncos, San Lorenzo, Gurabo, Humacao, Carolina, Río Grande, Canóvanas, Loíza, Ceiba, Luquillo, Vieques, Culebra, Arecibo, Ponce, Juana Díaz, Villalba, Guánica, Coamo, Salinas, Santa Isabel, Guayama, Patillas, Maunabo, Arroyo.
In the west, the work is being carried out in Mayagüez, Añasco, Maricao, Aguadilla, Moca, Aguada, Rincón, Sabana Grande, San Germán, Hormigueros, Lajas, Cabo Rojo, San Sebastián, Lares and Las Marías.
The utility hopes to make advancements Thursday in Aguas Buenas to be able to provide power from the urban center and move toward the neighborhoods.
González urged the public to visit the utility’s pages on Facebook and Twitter to get information about the work carried out by the technical brigades to restore electricity throughout the island.