(WTVM) - Crews from Alabama Power have landed safely in Puerto Rico and are ready to get the lights turned back on for thousands of people.
Linemen gathered in Birmingham Saturday morning before boarding a plane bound for Puerto Rico.
3.4 million people are still without power after Hurricane Maria hit the island back in September.
Local crews are also being dispatched to help out.
Some say the trip, though, is not just about earning a paycheck.
"When those lights come on, it restores hope and a sense of normalcy to the residents there that have experienced those outages for whatever duration it may be." said John Woody of Alabama Power. "So when you see that hope and that smile of those customers when the lights come on that's to me what's important."
Nearly forty percent of power customers in Puerto Rico remain in the dark and the island's governor says the utility companies there will run out of money this month.