Xcel Energy crews restore power to Puerto Rico school
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO (KVII) —
Nearly 2,000 Puerto Rican customers have had their electricity turned on thanks to Xcel Energy crews from the upper Midwest, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.
Crews have been on the island since Jan. 29 restoring power to the island after Hurricane Maria left hundreds of thousands without power, causing damage to the island's homes, businesses, infrastructure and electrical grid.
Of the crew, 16 members are from Xcel Energy's Texas and New Mexico service area.
On Feb. 8, they restored power to a school in the area. Because of this, students are now able to have full school days for the first time since Hurricane Maria.
Reactions of the children returning to school after electricity was restored is below:
The first group of employees will be returning on Feb. 19. Xcel Energy said they will be sending another group out that day for another 21-day deployment.