December 16 2017

Puerto Ricans in Arkansas collecting supplies for the devastated island

December 16 2017, 03:06 | Clarence Walton

Puerto Ricans in Arkansas collecting supplies for the devastated island

Caregiver pleads for aid for sick, elderly in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

"They need our help", said Franzen.

Victor Manuel Gonzalez, 69, is most anxious about his uncle, an 88-year-old Korean War veteran who lives alone in the town of Carolina, near San Juan.

The entire US territory remains without power, cellphone service is spotty, drinkable water is scarce, buildings have been destroyed, roads have washed away and a dam might collapse after the storm hit Wednesday. "We know what hurricanes can do to the island, so we know it's total devastation".

Thursday, though, brought him a special mission. At least six people were killed in Puerto Rico, said Héctor M. Pesquera, the island's public safety director. "He's been eating out of cans for two days".

The state is sending more resources to the Caribbean to assist with recovery from Hurricane Maria.

Airport conditions at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) remain poor and authority to operate flights into/out of SJU is heavily restricted, following the impact of Hurricane Maria.

A woman tries to make a cellphone call on a highway near Dorado, 40 km north of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 23, 2017.

It sparked a flash flood emergency for Isabela and Quebradillas municipalities, the NWS said in a series of tweets.

"The storm passed through Puerto Rico and needs there are still being determined as the storm tracks nearly like Irma did", said Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein.

He's a student at UAlbany, but he was born and raised on the island.

Early Wednesday, Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, destroying hundreds of homes and knocking out power to the entire USA territory of 3.4 million people. The Mets will also collect donations at games at Citi Field.

"She described she came outside and she said like it looked like a dump truck just dumped a whole trash in front of her house".

He adds he is not accepting cash donations - only items. He's been moving goods back and forth all day.

Hyattsville, Md. (WJZ)- More crews from Maryland are heading south to help in the wake of Maria and the other deadly hurricanes this season.

Family members sent a Facebook video to Sonia. "All the training, dedication and hard work", said Jason Vasquez, a K-9 Search Specialist, who has been traveling to natural disasters for the past 12 years.

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