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The reason Puerto Rico still has no power : 'Spinning wheels' lead to weeks of delays

Oct 31, 2017 - USA Today

When hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit Texas and Florida back to back, utility companies from other states spent just a few hours finalizing contracts to dispatch linemen and bucket trucks to help restore power.

But when Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, simply clearing that first step to provide assistance became a complicated process that significantly delayed deploying crews. The result: 70% of the island remains without power nearly six weeks later.

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