Puerto Ricans Living In US Since Hurricane Maria Face FEMA Deadline

Puerto Rican Residents Are Fixing Their Town's Power Grid Themselves

He says the state has seen about 30,000 people from Puerto Rico relocate to New Jersey since the September storm devastated the island.

"We can not let our fellow Americans down".

Action in the U.S. Senate last week is restoring some hope for help, although the Puerto Rican government requested much more than what it appears it will get, according to The New York Times.

That figure, he said, is "lowballing it".

"Beyond our basic humanity, there is a direct imperative for New Jersey to be part of Puerto Rico's healing process", Murphy said.

Power generation on the island.

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Murphy and first lady Tammy Murphy visited the island to tour the devastation and meet with Gov. Ricardo Rossello in December.

Residents in the town of Coamo, Puerto Rico, have resorted to building their own power grids after months of requesting Puerto Rico's power company and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore power in the region - suffering from the longest spell of power outage in U.S. history - didn't yield any result.

The storm destroyed two-thirds of the island's power distribution system and caused up to an estimated $94 billion in damage. The fire was shortly after extinguished, but the explosion disabled two other substations. "The outpouring of community support as well as the donation of talent has been tremendous", Wolfson noted, "in addition to activating help for Puerto Rico, the mural has become a source of community pride and the latest Miami "must-see" attraction".

But Murphy, a frequent critic of Republican President Donald Trump, took aim at how Trump's administration, which has faced backlash for how it has handled the island's recovery. He criticized the federal response to the disaster, calling it "insufficient".

All of the proceeds will go directly to four non-profit organizations providing essential support to hurricane victims across the island: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico; The Sato Project; ConPRmetidos; and Instituto Psicopedagogico de Puerto Rico.

New Jersey's commission will be chaired by the Rev. Joshua Rodriguez, pastor of the Cityline Church & National Latino Evangelical Coalition.

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