UMCOR Responds to Hurricane Maria

UMCOR Responds to Hurricane Maria


Tom Vencuss

9/22/2017

With the passing of the storm, hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico with severe damage to homes, power lines, and widespread flooding. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Maria is the "most devastating storm to hit the island this century, if not in modern history."

Officials from Puerto Rico’s power companies say that Puerto Ricans might not get power back for four to six months, however, hospitals and water systems will get priority power restoration. Powered by emergency generators, the island's largest airport, the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, was opened to receive military and rescue operations on Thursday.

At this time, UMCOR is unable to receive communications from its partners on the island because of power outages. UMCOR will wait to respond as its partners conduct an assessment of what is most needed.