Senators Head To Puerto Rico To See Ongoing Devastation

Posted January 03, 2018

"If there is no income, the people can not make payments", said Ricardo Ramos-González, coordinator of a consumer legal aid clinic at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law.

Unlike Florida students, Puerto Rican students do not have to maintain a minimum GPA or pass state tests in English in order to receive a high school diploma.

Students can choose to pursue a Florida diploma, but would have to meet state requirements, officials said. "The one in Orlando we moved into Orange County recently, but we've seen about 35,000 people come to our relief centers". "For the individuals who are coming here, we are doing everything we can to get them a job, get their kids into a good school, be safe, get into housing", he said.

The governor has already made two trips over to Puerto Rico to deliver supplies.

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Some 250,000 Puerto Ricans have arrived in Florida since Maria. He said he plans to return to help with another serious problem on the island. Critics say the federal government's response has been slow and weak; President Trump's administration has said federal agencies have been "fully engaged" in the recovery.

Fluor Corp., working under its contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in support of a Federal Emergency Management Agency mission to help fix and restore the power grid in Puerto Rico, has completed work on portions of three priority 38kv power lines in large urban areas near San Juan and a fourth priority 38kv line near Caguas.

Months of work, all an effort to get thousands of families back on their feet. A full restoration of electricity isn't expected until May. Then, in September, Hurricane Maria, a powerful Category 4 storm, shredded buildings, wrecked the electrical power grid and possibly led to more than 1,000 deaths.