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Santa Maria family worries about aunts, uncle and cousins in Puerto Rico

Santa Maria family worries about aunts, uncle and cousins in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's governor met with mayors from around the ravaged island on Saturday after surveying damage to an earthen dam in the northwestern part of the USA territory that was threatening to collapse from flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

According to the National Weather Service in San Juan, the northeast part of the island remains under a flash flood watch as rainfall is expected to continue through Friday.

An evacuation is underway in Puerto Rico where as many as 70,000 people are downstream of a failing dam after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island.

It punished the island of 3.4 million people with life-threatening winds for several hours, the second time in two weeks that Puerto Rico has felt the wrath of a hurricane. "We need someone to help us immediately". The 345-yard (316-meter) dam holds back a manmade lake covering about 2 square miles and was built decades ago, USA government records show. But the island is without power or water. Two people died in the Dominican Republic on Thursday, according to media outlet El Jaya.

"That could delay economic recovery for the entire island", Donner said.

Mike Hyland, senior vice president of engineering services for the American Public Power Association, a utility industry group that is sending fix crews into the Caribbean, would not speculate on how long it would take to restore power in Puerto Rico.

At his Saturday press conference, the governor said Guajataca was without communications, meaning authorities had to physically go to residents to warn them of the potential dam breach.

The territory's electric grid was in sorry shape long before Maria struck.




TOA BAJA, Puerto Rico (WAVY) - Members of Virginia Task Force 2 rescue two adults Thursday evening in a flooded province of Puerto Rico.

Maria passed close by the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, home to about 55,000 people, early on Wednesday, knocking out electricity and most mobile phone service.

"We have done that assessment and there are a number of nations involved in the response for it", he said, adding that Maria has nearly "completely destroyed their agricultural sector". She says as soon as they can, they are going back.

Speldrich says she is at her wit's end. I'm sure we'll be hearing from you on NPR later in the day.

"Absolutely, we're going to see an influx", said Nadia Nashir, assistant superintendent for multilingual education in the district".

"I know as much as anyone else. from news reports", Rivera said.

The territory's £54 billion debt crisis has left agencies like the state power company broke. It abandoned most basic maintenance in recent years, leaving the island subject to regular blackouts. "I might have a different response tomorrow".

Besides passengers, American said it would fly much-needed supplies, including food, water, lanterns, cots, tarps, fans, batteries, boots and generators, to Puerto Rico for use by its employees and their families.


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