Some SRP employees return from helping restore power in Puerto Rico
Feb 7, 2018, 4:55 AM
PHOENIX — A group of employees with an Arizona utility company have returned from Puerto Rico after spending weeks helping restore electricity for its residents following a devastating hurricane.
Nine Salt River Project employees returned home this week after helping with the efforts to restore power on the island following Hurricane Maria.
Wayne Wisdom, one of the employees, told KTAR News 92.3 FM that he spent more than a month on Puerto Rico — 35 days total. He was part of the second contingent of employees deployed to the island.
“About 70 percent of electricity in our area of the island was restored,” he said. “That’s about the island average.”
About a third of Puerto Rico remains without power.
Wisdom said he feels good that the company sent him out to help those effected by the storm and hopes to go back soon if they still need the help.
“I like the fact that I can contribute and that SRP is making a big difference in the lives of people down there,” he said.
“It’s very rewarding, every time I go I learn something new and see something else.”
Another group of SRP employees to go to Puerto Rico
The Salt River Project sent a third contingent of workers to Puerto Rico last week to help restore power on the U.S. territory where the electrical system was devastated by hurricanes.
The workers deployed Friday for a 30-day rotation will replace the second contingent of SRP workers.
The 10-member third contingent will work on behalf of the American Public Power Association.
SRP said the group includes supervisors and managers in fields such as line work, engineering and design, logistics and safety.
KTAR News’ Nailea Leon and The Associated Press contributed to this report.