Puerto Rico hurricane damage News

FEMA Denies Treating Puerto Rico Residents Differently

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it didn’t handle housing vouchers for displaced residents of Puerto Rico any differently from those of displaced Texas and Florida residents after last year’s hurricanes. FEMA said in court papers filed Friday that it’s …

Puerto Rico Cites Maria Death Toll of 1,427 in Damage Report

Puerto Rico is now estimating that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, far more than the official death toll of 64, in a report to Congress seeking billions to help the island recover from the devastating storm. The government, …

Housing Extended for 1,700 Puerto Rican Hurricane Evacuees

A judge ordered federal emergency officials to extend vouchers for temporary hotel housing for nearly 1,700 Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees, saying ending the program could cause irreparable harm. Saturday night’s decision came shortly after civil rights group LatinoJustice PRLDEF filed …

Many Tarps Remain in Puerto Rico as New Storm Season Looms

Hurricane Maria ripped away part of the steel roof from Carmen Lidia Torres Mercado’s home in the Puerto Rican capital. Nine months later, she is still relying on a blue plastic tarp to protect her home, even with a new …

Emails Reveal FEMA’s Silence as Puerto Rico Sought Generator Fuel

As hundreds of people stood in line for food and many went hungry during the days and weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Walmart Inc. and local supermarkets threw out tons of spoiled meat, dairy and produce. Emails and …

Treasury Cuts Puerto Rico’s $4.7B Disaster Relief Loan to $2B

Puerto Rico’s governor said Tuesday that the U.S. Treasury Department has cut a $4.7 billion disaster relief loan available to the U.S. territory by more than half, and he demanded help from Congress. Gov. Ricardo Rossello said federal officials reduced …

Engineers Call FEMA $35M Spend on Generators Redundant

The Federal Emergency Management Agency spent $35.1 million on renting two emergency generators to help power blacked-out San Juan, Puerto Rico. But a group of engineers says existing infrastructure could have been used more effectively at a fraction of the …

FEMA Head Points to Politics as Reason for Slowed Response in Puerto Rico

The Trump administration’s emergency management director said political infighting in Puerto Rico has slowed the pace of recovery from Hurricane Maria. “Politics between Republicans and Democrats is bad enough – but in Puerto Rico, politics is even worse,” Brock Long, …

Hurricane Maria May Be U.S. Preview of Forced Climate-Fueled Migration

Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico may offer a preview for Americans of one of the most jarring potential consequences of global warming: the movement of large numbers of people pushed out of their homes by the effects of climate …

Hurricane Maria Destroys Homes, Causes Flooding in Puerto Rico

The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory …