The Work To Restore Puerto Rico's Power Grid Is Taking Its Time

A car drives under downed power lines. Ricardo Arduengo for NBC News

NBC: Why does restoring full power in Puerto Rico seem like a never-ending task?

About a third of Puerto Rico's residents — over 900,000 — are still living without electricity five months after Hurricane Maria battered the island on Sept. 20th of last year.

As power restoration efforts continue against all odds, it's still hard for officials to say when the power will be fully restored — the question on everyone's mind.

“I would hesitate to give you a date,” said Lt. Col. John Cunningham of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the deputy commander for the Task Force Power Restoration on the island. “We would like to go faster, but right now we’re going as fast as we can.”

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WNU Editor: Considering the history of the utility and the financial woes on the island .... 2/3 of its residents having some power restored is quite an accomplishment.

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