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Electricity Cut Off For Puerto Rico Hospital That Owed $4M

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(FILES) This file photo taken on February 8, 2015 shows the Puerto Rico and US flags in the Old Town district in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico proposed February 1, 2016 that its creditors slash its debt by $22.7 billion to enable the US territory to strengthen its finances and turn around its economy. / AFP / PAUL J. RICHARDSPAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty ImagesPAUL J. RICHARDS / AFP - Getty Images

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- In an effort to collect money amid Puerto Rico's debt crisis, the indebted power company cut off electricity to a hospital over nearly $4 million in unpaid bills on Thursday.

The Electric Power Authority said it waited for surgeries to end before pulling the plug at the Santa Rosa Hospital in the southern coastal town of Guayama.

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The hospital initially said it could operate temporarily using generators, then announced late Thursday on its Facebook page that a judge had ruled in favor of the hospital and that it expected power to be restored. It was unclear when that might happen.

The small hospital is privately owned, and there are other larger hospitals in its region.

The power company is $9 billion in debt and has been pursuing people and businesses that owe it money, joining other government agencies in a similar crackdown.

Puerto Rico is buried in $70 billion of public debt and seeking a restructuring mechanism from the U.S. Congress. The governor announced last year that the amount is unpayable.

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