~~October 7, 2017~~
PUERTO RICO UPDATE
”AN EXERCISE IN SURVIVIAL”
This is a post written by my very dear friend Suzy P., who currently lives in Illinois. She spent plenty years in Puerto Rico while her husband Grant worked there.
Suzy absorbed the Puerto Rican culture and ways as second nature.
Today, from a distance, she feels like we do.
Her soul and her heart ache as much as mine.
This is a thread written by her husband’s boss just one day ago.
Today, Oct 6th, Grant and I finally heard from Grant’s former boss in Moca, Puerto Rico. Frank was the plant manager for the Baxter Fenwal plant in San Germán for many years.
Frank is one of the most calm, capable, resourceful men that we know.
Grant spoke to Frank the night before Hurricane Maria hit and he was well prepared for the hurricane.
He tells us today that the past two weeks have been truly an exercise in survival.
Here is the series of text messages we got from Frank today
“Devastation here. No drinking water, running generator, gas supply (on the island) still stabilizing, cell signal now intermittent. We are OK. Bank access limited. Supermarkets having generator issues.
These first two weeks have been an exercise in survival.
Prioritization, focus, luck.”
“Difficult environment. Eye passed over Moca, 35 minutes, second half horrible. Wind damage extensive in all west coast towns, Aguada, Aguadilla, flooding on coasts, massive erosion.
I’ve lost 11 pounds. Dehydration.
Nightmare scenario – we got nuked.
People helping each other.”
“I have never seen or felt anything like this. During the height of the storm, I thought a few times we were history. It felt like a concussive force. And it wouldn’t stop. Rincón sustained significant damage.
Downed power lines, land slides, flooding.
Roads still marginal.”
After Grant offered to come down and help, Frank wrote:
“Don’t come here, you’ll never get out”.
(Some airlines report they have waiting lists of over 20,000 people wanting to leave the island).
Please keep Puerto Rico’s ongoing humanitarian crisis in the news.
Send donations & prayers.
Many whom we love are there.
No intention of taking credit.
If anyone knows the owner of any, please advise and it will be corrected immediately.
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