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Federal response to Hurricane Maria slowly takes shape

26 September 2017, 12:30 | Colleen Roy

Limited flights resume to battered Puerto Rico

Limited flights resume to battered Puerto Rico

"The devastation in Puerto Rico has set us back almost 20 to 30 years", Jenniffer Gonzalez, the island's nonvoting representative in Congress, told the AP. In fact, 3.5 million US citizens live there.

Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on Wednesday with heavy winds and rain, knocking out all power to the island. At least six people were killed in Puerto Rico, said Héctor M. Pesquera, the island's public safety director.

The category 4 storm knocked the entire island's electrical grid out of commission, leaving residents facing no power for weeks or even months.

80 percent of Puerto Rico's agricultural crop value was destroyed by the hurricane, Puerto Rican Agriculture Secretary Carlos Flores Ortega told the New York Times. "We had an antiquated agricultural infrastructure that maybe now is the opportunity to make it more efficient".

The Trump administration says it is not planning to waive federal restrictions on foreign ships' transportation of cargo to Puerto Rico and other areas affected by Hurricane Maria, as it did following hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The statewide collection of supplies and money will go to help the US territory that was seriously damaged by Hurricane Maria.

Among the most pressing concerns facing the island right now is the state of the Guajataca Dam, a major structure in the northwest of the island that could collapse at any minute, according to multiple reports.

A number of Worcester residents have a personal connection with Puerto Rico, so a local group is aiming to raise $10,000 to help the country recover after being devastated by Hurricane Maria. White House officials have signaled that Trump plans to visit Puerto Rico, but an official date has yet to be announced. As of the time of writing, it is unknown when communication towers will be back up. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times) Ivan Lopez, 51, chips in to to help his neighbors.

She announced her donation at a press conference with NY governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday. Abbott has set up $2 million in additional grants to support relief efforts and families affected by Hurricane Maria and the natural disaster in Central Mexico.

But Trump chose not to use the platform to comment on the situation in Puerto Rico over the weekend.

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