Ameren MO, IL crews arrive in Puerto Rico to restore electric

ST. LOUIS, MO (KFVS) - Dozens of Ameren crews arrived in Ponce, Puerto Rico on Friday to help residents get their power restored.

This comes after a hurricane took out much of the power around six months ago.

Crews arrived from St. Louis on Jan. 26. A barge with Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois trucks and equipment also arrived on in January. Since then three separate crews have been sent to the island to help with the power restoration.

"It's an amazing feeling," said Steve Dixon, the Superintendent of Electrical Operations in Cape Girardeau.  "It's almost hard to describe the feeling you get when you're there and somebody's lights come on after 7 months, the look on their faces says it all."

Crews will try to restore electric within an 80-mile circuit in the Carolina region. This is on the northeast coast east of the capital of San Juan.

"The neighborhoods are kinda coming back to life and the neighbors are all getting together and helping the folks we're still restoring service to," added Dixon.

Ameren Missouri crews from all parts of Missouri are working along with Ameren Illinois crews. Together the third crew has restored more than 3,000 customers with power.

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