'Total Failure of Governance' by Trump: Island-Wide Blackout Deepens Puerto Rico Crisis

September 20, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

After struggling for nearly seven months to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid, which was destroyed by Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory experienced an island-wide blackout on Wednesday—its first since the storm struck last September.

As meteorologist Eric Holthaus put it, “This is still a humanitarian emergency.”

Officials told The Associated Press that “an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line” and “it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power to more than 1.4 million customers.” The blackout is just the latest in a series of power outages that residents have endured since the storm hit, including one last week that left about 840,000 people in the dark.

Responding to the incident on Twitter, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) targeted the Trump administration’s recovery efforts post-Maria—which have been widely denounced as inadequate—while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called for a broader government investment to repair the island’s power system.

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