Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $750M Fluor contract nears end
Crews who are helping restore power in Puerto Rico as part of a $750 million federal contract will leave the U.S. territory soon as nearly a quarter of a million customers remain in the dark more than five months after Hurricane Maria, officials said Wednesday. Brian Mershon, a spokesman for Texas-based Fluor Corporation, told The Associated Press the contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is ending in part because no further funding is available. He said that after Feb. 25, some 1,600 workers and 1,300 pieces of equipment will remain in Puerto Rico, compared with a peak of 3,000 workers and 2,000 pieces of equipment. "Crews who will remain in the U.S. territory for upcoming weeks will continue to restore power and complete assignments based on available funding and materials," he said. "This is a normal part of the life cycle of large government projects."