Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore on Tuesday slammed local officials in the Florida Keys for imposing a dawn-to-dusk curfew as crews worked to restore power to more than six million residents affected by Hurricane Irma.
"There's nobody working harder than these linemen," Honore, who oversaw military relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina, told Anderson Cooper on CNN. "They're working 16 hours a day.
"I think a lot of politicians need to look at that, when you restrict the number of hours that people need to work."
Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay on Monday declared the curfew in the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma devastated the island chain on the southern most tip of the state, the Miami Herald reported.
More than six million homes and businesses were still without power in Florida and nearby states Tuesday, down from a peak of about 7.4 million Monday.
Florida's largest utility, Florida Power & Light, said western parts of the state might not have electricity restored before Sept. 22.
"You can't recover a city from dusk to dawn," Honore told Cooper. "That won't work.
"You've got to have trucks moving. You've got to have people working, gas stations got to stay open so they can take fuel in the middle of the night.
"Curfews can really hurt the recovery operation."
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