Sabana Grande mayor demands immediate attention to power outage

By John McPhaul

Sabana Grande Mayor Marcos Valentín Flores on Monday demanded the prompt attention of LUMA Energy to restore electricity to several communities in the municipality that have been without power for seven days.

“It is very unfortunate that our communities have to sleep or wake up without electricity,” Valentín Flores said in a written statement. “This situation is very constant and keeps the residents of Sabana Grande outraged.”

The mayor said that on June 1, 2021, he issued a letter to the technical area of San Germán in order to coordinate an emergency meeting with the personnel in charge of LUMA Energy, the private operator of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system since June 1.

“It was received by LUMA staff and was made known to the regional office in Mayagüez,” the mayor said. “Yesterday, by means of a telephone call, I expressed to them that I need them to proceed immediately, since in our town we did not have severe problems like those we have faced in the past few days.”

Valentín Flores stressed that he “will not rest until the people’s claim is addressed.”

“I am hopeful of being able to have the collaboration and good faith of the new company to restore the electricity service to my town and help each of the affected townspeople,” he said. “We will continue to fight for Sabana Grande to restore tranquility and services to our people. With the help of God I will fight and we will reach it.”

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