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Puerto Rico taking cues from Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Maria

5 years 1 month 5 days ago Monday, October 30 2017 Oct 30, 2017 October 30, 2017 6:43 PM October 30, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

PUERTO RICO - Puerto Rico is following Louisiana's lead and establishing a "Shelter at Home" program, similar to what was implemented after last year's historic flooding.

Roldan Montero planned a quiet, long-term retirement in the small town of Toaville. But shortly after he moved in, Hurricane Maria devastated the territory.

Now, Montero lives in his home without power, unable to afford running a generator.

Across the street, his young neighbor, Victor, has a working generator. But it doesn't provide much comfort.

The aftermath has been tough for Montero, who hasn't enjoyed being a storm victim in the least. He and others appreciate the help coming from the mainland United States, even it never seems to be enough.

"It's not the end of the world, at least we're alive," Montero said.

On Monday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards paid the town a visit, noting the similarities between the two events just over a year apart.

While most are living inside their homes, many are scrounging for basic necessities.

For that reason, the Puerto Rican governor announced a program based off Louisiana's Shelter at Home.

While it had mixed reviews in Louisiana, Edwards believes it will find greater success on the island. 

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