Rainfall has totaled 12 to 20 inches during the storm, even 30 inches in some places, which has caused horrendous flooding. Currently, more than one million Puerto Ricans are without power, 27 percent of the island has no water, and 1,301 people are living in temporary shelters.
Governor Hochul recently shared what New York is doing to support Puerto Rico‘s affected people and infrastructure, after speaking with PR Governor Pedro Pierluisi. This includes:
- Sending 100 Spanish-speaking New York State Troopers to “assist with keeping residents safe” and removing barriers on the streets; they will also have drones to help survey the damage
- Providing medical supplies from the Greater New York Hospital Association
- Having teams from the New York Power Authority ready to deploy and assist in restoring power to the island
- Working to support any requests coordinated by FEMA
The state is also coordinating with Delta and JetBlue, who are both donating cargo space and transporting emergency personnel — as well as Coca-Cola, which has promised water and additional supplies like baby formula. As the Dominican Republic is also affected, the Governor is in contact with President Luis Abinader to support their relief efforts as well.
“New York knows full well the devastating impact that Mother Nature can bring, and that is why we stand ready to help the people of Puerto Rico recover and rebuild from this terrible storm,” Governor Hochul said. “Our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico are incredibly resilient but, in times like this, New York will be there to help in any way we can, including sending personnel and resources to help the island and its residents recover.”
The Governor also had 14 landmarks and bridges across New York illuminated in red, white, and blue last night, September 20, in recognition of the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria and the current Hurricane Fiona crisis, to reaffirm NY’s support.
Mayor Adams also announced that New York City has deployed an initial team of city emergency management specialists to “assess the damage and determine how we can best help.” They will also possibly send a “larger multi-agency team” to help within the week.