Duke Energy linemen return from Puerto Rico

Duke Energy linemen return from Puerto Rico”

About 35 Duke Energy line workers and support personnel will return to Charlotte after working in Ponce, Puerto Rico, to rebuild electric infrastructure and restore power after Hurricane Maria hit the US territory a year ago.

Hurricane Maria destroyed the island leaving it without power, food or shelter for its residents. He says the storm left remote mountain towns like Jayuya even more cut off from the rest of the world.

The trip to Puerto Rico was part of a bigger effort by Duke Energy, as personnel from operations in the Midwest, Carolinas and Florida will all take part.

The line workers would wake up at 4 a.m. and work grueling 15-hour days for 13 days straight before getting one day off.

Crews from the company say they have been working in very hard conditions in Puerto Rico, but they have also had a lot of success. One touching moment was when a grandfather broke down after getting to hold his grandson for the first time in almost two months.

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