Ameren sends more local crews to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Irma, - KMOV.com

Ameren sends more local crews to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Irma, Maria relief

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (MOVE.com) –  Ameren plans to send 75 Missouri and Illinois line workers and additional equipment to Puerto Rico to help restore power in areas affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The new wave of crews and restoration equipment is projected arrive in mid-January, increasing the number of workers on the ground to 5,500. The crews plan to work alongside the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Puerto Rico Electric power Authority (PREPA), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

About 70 percent of the island has been without power for 3 months, according to FEMA. 

Ray Wiesehan, vice president of Ameren’s corporate security and crisis management, said the company plans to send additional crews if needed until the work has been completed.

"It's a difficult job, but our co-workers have the training and expertise to get the job done. Our focus, as always, will be working safely so we can restore power as efficiently as possible for the people of Puerto Rico, " Wiesehan said.

Ameren CEO Warner Baxter released the following statement discussing the progressive efforts in Puerto Rico:

Working side by side with our electric industry colleagues from all over the country, Ameren is committed to powering the quality of life for the people of Puerto Rico, just as we are for the communities we serve.

While the challenges associated with the mission in Puerto Rico are unprecedented, our co-workers, who selflessly volunteered for this assignment, stand ready to safely tackle these challenges and accelerate the power restoration and rebuilding efforts for the citizens of Puerto Rico.

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