Life after Hurricane María … still goes one!! … ‘On an island where damage from Hurricane Maria is still visible on nearly every city block and around every bend in Puerto Rico’s many winding rural roads, some on the island are questioning whether the government is fully prepared to get the money where it needs to go. They worry that in the rush to get the money flowing, many communities may be overlooked.’
A report by Adrián Florido for NPR.
César Díaz felt lucky that only a couple of leaks had sprung in his ceiling, even though Hurricane Maria tore the zinc panels off much of his roof. His real troubles began about a year after the storm, when a crew hired by Puerto Rico’s housing department showed up to make the repairs.
“They weren’t very professional,” Díaz said. “They didn’t wear gloves, and they asked if I had an extra piece of wood.”
Within days, there were new leaks. Not only in the living room but in the bedroom, over his daughter’s crib.
“None of those were there before,” he said, pointing to a half-dozen brown splotches in the ceiling. Díaz, a music teacher and member of the town council in the hard-hit municipality of Loiza, knew that many of his neighbors were still waiting for repairs. So he began teaching…
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