Napolitano’s Statement on Six-Month Anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s Landfall on Puerto Rico
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) released the following statement on the six-month anniversary of when Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico:
“Hurricane Maria’s landfall on Puerto Rico last September and the ensuing humanitarian crisis are unlike anything our fellow Americans have ever had to endure. This natural disaster has destroyed hundreds of homes, blocked over half of all residents’ access to potable water, and caused island-wide blackouts. Tens of thousands of American citizens, half a year later, remain without permanent shelter, water, or electricity, and 1 in 10 customers will still not have power by the end of this month, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“The hurricane’s devastation has also taken a massive toll on the mental health of Puerto Rican families. Crisis hotlines have been jammed as survivors are dealing with the aftermath of the storm. We must continue to provide support for critical mental health and life-saving services for all in need. Many residents feel neglected by a delayed federal response and inaction in urgent areas, but they should know we are standing with them.
“As Puerto Rico continues to recover, now is the time for FEMA and the federal government to make investments not only to repair the damage but to rebuild a more resilient infrastructure capable of standing up to future disasters. We will continue fighting to ensure our fellow citizens have the support and services they need.”
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