Hurricane Maria, 2 Years Later: ‘We Want Another Puerto Rico’

Manuel Rivera Rodríguez, a legal aid attorney, said his clients were still scrambling for property title documents and appealing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for reconstruction help.

Feature (Puerto Rico)

Patrica Mazzei, Alejandra Rosa
New York Times (NYT)
September 20, 2019
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“It’s a sense of abandonment,” said Leticia Del Valle Durán, 37, an artisan and single mother of two on the outskirts of San Juan whose frayed tarp started to give way this summer. Her bathrooms are so damaged that she now showers in the garage, under a meager trickle of water from a plastic jug with a spigot.

The second floor, where her sister used to live, is uninhabitable, musty with mold. “We are always sick,” Ms. Del Valle said.

She brought her children to the recent people’s assembly in San Juan’s Hato Rey neighborhood and joined a committee focused on housing.

Manuel Rivera Rodríguez, a legal aid attorney, said his clients were still scrambling for property title documents and appealing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for reconstruction help.

“For many people, it’s as if the hurricane had come through last month,” he said.