Senator Tim Kaine visits Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico

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Mayor Karen Weaver sent a letter of support to Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz last Wednesday (Oct. 4), one day after Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico to throw paper towels at people, and survey the damage leftover from Hurricane Maria.

Almost three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, almost half of the island still lacks access to drinking water supplies and more than 90% of the population is without electricity.

Local soldiers are helping remove debris and clear routes for supply deliveries in Hurricane Maria-devastated Puerto Rico. "We were the only logistics provider that had truck power - albeit limited at the time - available as soon as the U.S. Coast Guard reopened the port in San Juan".

"We're still, obviously, needing to do more". They will deploy to Puerto Rico with two Load Handling System vehicles and trailers equipped with four Compatible Water Tank Racks, or "Hippos".

Rossello said the island is grateful for the help it's gotten so far - the Trump administration last week asked for $29 billion in disaster aid for us hurricane relief - but needs about $4.6 billion more money in an emergency "down payment on hurricane recovery efforts".

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Kaine - along with other members of the bipartisan congressional delegation - met with representatives from FEMA, the Department of Defense, and the government of Puerto Rico, including Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló.

It has been three weeks since Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island, lashing it with 150 mph (241 kmph) winds and rain for more than 30 hours.

The Senator says establishing power can help the people of Puerto Rico get the economy back up and running.

"Nearly 85 percent of my entire agency is deployed right now", FEMA Administrator Brock Long told ABC's This Week.

"As far as the political noise, we filter that out, keep our heads down, and continue to make progress and push forward restoring essential functions for Puerto Rico", he said. "If FEMA can not source that themselves, we will leverage any asset that foots that bill".

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