An Island in Crisis – Puerto Rico Devastated by Hurricane Maria…

Puerto Rico has been devastated by Hurricane Maria.  CTH can confirm there is almost no communication with the majority of those impacted by the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria.   Local officials are using satellite phones to gain residents the ability to contact their friends and family in the U.S. mainland. Critical infrastructure has been severely compromised.  Cell phone service is sporadic to non-existent.

Adding to and amplifying the problem was a general dependency on government assistance, by a large portion of the population, for basic needs prior to the storm.  The comfort of dependency has now worsened the desperation of the people on the island.

(Via Fox News) A humanitarian crisis grew Saturday in Puerto Rico as towns were left without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service following Hurricane Maria’s devastating passage across the island.

A group of anxious mayors arrived in the capital to meet with Gov. Ricardo Rossello to present a long list of items they urgently need. The north coastal town of Manati had run out of fuel and fresh water, Mayor Jose Sanchez Gonzalez said.

“Hysteria is starting to spread. The hospital is about to collapse. It’s at capacity,” he said, crying. “We need someone to help us immediately.”

The death toll from Maria in Puerto Rico was at least 10, including two police officers who drowned in floodwaters in the western town of Aguada. That number was expected to climb as officials from remote towns continued to check in with officials in San Juan.

Authorities in the town of Vega Alta on the north coast said they had been unable to reach an entire neighborhood called Fatima, and were particularly worried about residents of a nursing home.

“I need to get there today,” Mayor Oscar Santiago told The Associated Press. “Not tomorrow, today.”

Rossello said Maria would clearly cost more than the last major storm to wallop the island, Hurricane George in September 1998. “This is without a doubt the biggest catastrophe in modern history for Puerto Rico,” he said.

A dam upstream of the towns of Quebradillas and Isabela in northwest Puerto Rico was cracked but had not burst by Saturday afternoon as the water continued to pour out of rain-swollen Lake Guajataca. Federal officials said Friday that 70,000 people, the number who live in the surrounding area, would have to be evacuated. But Javier Jimenez, mayor of the nearby town of San Sebastian, said he believed the number was far smaller.

Secretary of Public Affairs Ramon Rosario said about 300 families were in harm’s way.

The governor said there is “significant damage” to the dam and authorities believe it could give way at any moment. “We don’t know how long it’s going to hold. The integrity of the structure has been compromised in a significant way,” Rossello said.  (read more)

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The U.S. military is the tip of the spear in attempting to get aid and supplies to the residents in coordination with FEMA and emergency officials.  CTH had numerous conversations today with teams trying to get as much into the island as possible.

The leadership of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Expeditionary Strike Group 2, met with key leaders with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Puerto Rico National Guard to plan and coordinate for Hurricane Maria response efforts in Puerto Rico. The Department of Defense (DoD) is supporting FEMA, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Adam D. Edwards)

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117 Responses to An Island in Crisis – Puerto Rico Devastated by Hurricane Maria…

  1. Mari in MD says:

    I am starting to seriously look at retirement places and I have crossed off every island and every area within 15 miles of the Atlantic coast (not going west to the left coast either). I love the beach but this year has proven that I am just not living there.

    I need to look at the budget again to figure out what I want to cut to donate to the PR relief effort.

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  2. Vince says:

    What is really going to hurt Puerto Ricans is that unlike in Texas and Florida, the Puerto Rican utility company, and in fact the government itself, is already bankrupt. The utility company was already having to work on repairs from Irma, and now it is all destroyed again.

    Perhaps it would be best to wrap the bankruptcy and the repairs all up into one and have the federal government buy up the company through Eminent Domain, get the island running again, and then sell off the company again in an IPO in a few years.

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    • free2313 says:

      Puerto Rico seems to want to be the Welfare State of America and just live of the fat of America… The way they have mismanaged their government affairs is so telling and disgraceful.

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    • Joshua2415 says:

      Let’s not get the federal government buying any more private businesses please. That never works out well. There’s a deal to be worked out between the bondholders and the Puerto Ricans. Congress can develop a plan to back the loans that will be needed to rebuild critical infrastructure. In the mean time, we just need to pull out all the stops to get them food and drinking water. We probably will need to park a carrier down there to use as a staging area. Maybe it could even be used to supply basic electricity needs to hospitals? They are nuclear these days.

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    • wondering999 says:

      When I look at the photos of wrecked power lines, I have a question.
      I know that it is expensive to run phone and utility lines underground.
      It’s much more aesthetically pleasing to not have lines strung across the landscape, but people who know more about this usually tell me that it is cheaper to string lines on poles above ground. Very expensive areas often have the lines buried underground.
      Wouldn’t Puerto Rico have been better off if their lines had been buried, instead of strung on poles that are knocked down by the wind? Wouldn’t this also be true in tornado country?
      I don’t know much about this topic so please don’t jump on me if I’m wrong. I would just like to understand more about it from people who know more about utilities, phones etc.

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      • mefotobug says:

        I used to live in the Caribbean. St. Lucia. Every tropical storm that would blow through would knock out power… Very different in Barbados. The same storm would hit, but with their electric lines buried instead of overhead they would keep power. Underground are the way to go, imho. Larger initial investment that pays huge dividends later on.

        Plus, it is much more aesthetic. Spending time in Europe, in France the overhead lines made capturing beautiful photos difficult; very different from Switzerland with their underground lines. Castle pics without all the ugly electric hanging off them…

        But I digress…

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        • kmilt16 says:

          Serviced by Southern CA Edison. Publicly held, pays excellent dividends to their stockholders, but seemingly cannot afford to start placing existing power lines underground. They have had several major incidents where old, termite ridden poles caused serious injury and millions were paid out in lawsuits. With strong winds, fire, etc, in CA, you’d think they would spend the money. I agree with you, they are an eyesore.

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      • Here in Las Vegas, NV we now run power lines underground in the newer areas (say, the last 20 years). It may cost more but we don’t have the power outages that come with storms and it looks better. These local governments could have just required that from this day forward utility lines will go underground. They could have done this decades ago instead of having the costs of rebuilding the electricity delivery system every few years.

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      • backwoodsgirl123 says:

        Island=rocks! The ground is rocky underneath. Besides, underground lines always have problems with moisture getting into the lines.

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        • wondering999 says:

          backwoodsgirl, the rocky soil is a big consideration I’m sure. I’m told this is why Oklahoma doesn’t have tornado shelters in every house — because the ground is solid rock not far from the surface?

          But, another poster here (mefoto) compared hurricane experiences in Barbados (which has underground lines) and St. Lucia (which has above ground lines). mefoto said that power didn’t go down as often or as long in Barbados (which is also an island).

          I just wonder if Puerto Rico would be safer and more prosperous in the future with an investment in underground lines after this disaster. The underground lines are more aesthetic for tourism, and safer from damage. Germany has underground lines and seems to do okay with it, and Germany is not an arid country at all.

          I don’t know, just asking. I’d love to see Puerto Rico restored to first-class standards, and become a top notch model for other islands…

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    • wondering999 says:

      I don’t know a lot about building, but do enjoy reading about different housing themes. I’ve seen videos of “hurricane proof design” homes that were built to withstand hurricane winds, and here’s a link about concrete home designs from Florida, intended to create insurable homes for Gulf areas that were wrecked by Katrina. NOTE I don’t know anything about these and this is not a recommendation; I’m just interested in what is possible, and learning if it works, or not. One of my cousins came safely through Irma in central Florida, in a cinderblock house with 1-inch thick plastic hurricane shutters on the windows.

      http://www.builderonline.com/design/a-hurricane-proof-concrete-house-with-a-designers-touch_o

      “… the ForeverHome prototype is a traditional, shotgun-style New Orleans home that costs about $175,000—“turnkey,” Rogge says, with everything. It costs about 30 days to cast and deliver, and it can be erected and weather-tight in about 40 hours. At the moment, the size is limited to about 1,200 square feet, but the company is working on multi-level designs.

      “The company believes this house is a game-changer not only because it withstands hurricanes, looks like a normal house, and has an attainable price point, but also because it means that homeowners will be able to afford homeowner’s insurance premiums. After Katrina, Rogge says, insurance in some cases were almost four times the national average. “Now premiums in these Katrina areas will be much more in line with the national average, which is about $2,000 to $2,800

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      • wondering999 says:

        “Topsider Homes” made in North Carolina. Again, I know jack about this topic, I’m just interested in what people might say about it, who know more
        http://www.topsiderhomes.com/hurricane-proof-homes.php
        “Topsider Homes have withstood many of the most devastating hurricanes, including direct hits from hurricanes Irma in the Virgin Islands and Florida Keys, Andrew in the Bahamas and Florida, Hugo, Ivan, Katrina and Rita along the Gulf Coast. Each Topsider Home is custom designed and engineered to withstand high winds and to meet or exceed building codes in all coastal and hurricane-prone areas. And while no home is totally hurricane proof or storm proof, Topsider’s record of storm safety and survival over the decades is extremely impressive.”

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      • wondering999 says:

        More: “Hurricane proof house plans”
        http://www.wisehomedesign.com/hurricane-proof-house-plans.html
        “Key Component #3: The Wall System and Protection from Flying Debris
        This is where ICF walls really shine. Their ability to resist airborne debris is astonishing. Read more about how concrete walls stood up to wind-driven debris in conditions exceeding 250 mph winds…Recently, engineers at Texas Tech University conducted tests that compared the impact resistance of concrete wall construction to conventionally framed walls. They created conditions that simulated a tornado with 250 mph winds. This speed is greater than 99% of all tornadoes in the US and much higher than winds speeds in even the worst (Category 5) hurricanes.

        “They found that concrete wall systems (such as ICFs and concrete blocks), had the strength and mass to resist the impact of wind-driven debris. However, the wood-framed walls did not stop the debris from going through the walls completely. Click on the video below to see this test in action.”

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        • Cuppa Covfefe says:

          I live in Germany, and, for the most part, our electricity goes through underground feeders, as do our gas, water, cable(TV), sewage [but I repeat myself 🙂 cable, yech] and telephone/ISDN/DSL/etc. If you’re gonna dig a ditch or two, might as well string the cables/pipes at the same time. Maybe keep the electric stuff away from the gas 🙂

          As with Murphy’s law, though, every time they resurface the street (very rare, anymore), as soon as it dries out, they’ll come out to fiddle with a cable tap or something.

          There are places where they’re running glass-fiber through sewer pipes via fasteners on the top. As you can imagine, those are huge sewer pipes that someone could walk through. Hate to have to do a splice down there…

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      • donebydesign says:

        Much of Florida existing homes could be easily upgraded to better withstand hurricane winds. There are two building codes in the state. Only one is effective against hurricanes.

        I’ve been through 5 storms in central Florida. Most damage here is wind, not flood. If you harden the roof during the next roof job, and add Miami dade rated hurricane shutters,
        you can get an insurance discount which helps pay for the mitigation effort. Very effective and affordable. We don’t evacuate.

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        • tony says:

          whats more crazy is that other coastal states dont follow us for their building codes. i live right outside the line for wind borne debris so im not required to have impact windows but yet im 10 miles from the coast. i just bought this house last year and it didnt have impact windows, lucky for no damage from irma, but im going to be upgrading these windows. i test impact windows(i work for a window company) and i know what they can handle.

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    • tinkerthinker2 says:

      The government does own the power company!

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    • rashamon says:

      “Government” is what is wrong and has always been wrong with Puerto Rico, the original Nanny Territory that remains a territory because the people want “somebody else to fix the problems” and underwrite its lifestyle.

      I do feel sorry for my multiple friends and their extended families who live there as the island is now a disaster, but did they elect leaders who anticipated the long term needs and paid attention to the risk of sitting in the middle of hurricane alley? No. It might have been the focus of every discussion when people got together as was the territory/state/indepencia choice, but in fifty years of listening to these conversations, I saw nothing change.

      It’s a shame. It has set itself up to be another Haiti awaiting for a Clinton Foundation-style initiative to really send it into ruin.

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      • wondering999 says:

        Puerto Rico’s history, political status and political traditions would make it a different situation in many ways.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Puerto_Rico

        Puerto Rico was a Spanish colony from the early 1500s until 1898 — almost 400 years. Puerto Rico and did not come under U.S. management until 1898 (along with several other former Spanish colonies including The Philippines). Old habits die hard.

        The Spanish Habsburg empire was a worldwide, extremely powerful empire for centuries. Their style of management was different from ours and has been described as a stable, 3-legged stool:
        1) Aristocracy (the elite, wealthy, paternalistic bosses);
        2) Common people (happy go lucky servants who deferred to aristocratic decisions) and
        3) Roman Catholic clergy, with very top-down aristocratic leadership, charged with mediating between the aristocracy and the common people/servants. The Roman Catholic Church functioned as a huge welfare system, running not only churches and schools but also orphanages, lunatic asylums, food pantry relief and much more.

        Somewhere I read that before 1800, between 1/2 to 1/3 of the land in Mexico was owned by the Church. The Church would sponsor interest-free loans; but when the Spanish government began losing power in the early 1800s, those loans were called in by other organizations, causing many problems. I don’t have the source for that but it was interesting. Spanish systems were different from the middle-class English, self-governing people who formed the original U.S. colonies. It’s not bad, but the political traditions would understandably be different

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        • wondering999 says:

          Here’s an example from the Wiki link above, demonstrating social intervention by the Church in governing Puerto Rico from way back when:
          “The Spanish settlers established the first repartimiento system, under which natives were distributed to Spanish officials to be used as slave labor. On December 27, 1512, under pressure from the Roman Catholic Church, Ferdinand II of Aragon issued the Burgos’ Laws, which modified the repartimiento into a system called encomiendas, aimed at ending the exploitation. The laws prohibited the use of any form of punishment toward the indigenous people, regulated their work hours, pay, hygiene, and care, and ordered them to be catechized.”

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  3. LBB says:

    I have been reflecting a lot today. Many were in my prayers before these disasters , and now the needs are many. I wish I was physically closer to help, so like others, I have had to be resigned to prayers and making contributions to Samaritan’s Purse. I see those who can get the resources there are. I am thankful for lives that have already been saved and will be saved.

    Special prayers for Treepers who have needs still, whether by storms, illnesses , healings and the like.

    The one thing that can never be destroyed or taken away from you is your salvation , so I am at peace for those who know God’s love, but I equally pray for those who don’t.

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  4. grandmotherpatriot says:

    I received my ship out dates to help rebuild Irma with Samaritans Purse at first I was
    going to be sent to Texas, then Irma hit. So now I will be in the Keys the first two weeks of October.
    This is devasting and I will sign for this relief effort as well.

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  5. auntiefran413 says:

    The first thing I saw when I turned the TV on about 2 hours ago was the fact that the dam had broken. I couldn’t bear to watch it beyond that first scene.

    St. Louis Cardinals’ premier catcher, Yadier Molina, is from Puerto Rico and has family still there. He has established a GoFundMe account with the goal of reaching $1,000,000. Let’s contribute to Yadie’s effort AND Samaritan’s Purse and Matthew 25 Ministries — all entities that will get your money to the people of Puerto Rico

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  6. Kaco says:

    This is hard to hear, I hope they can figure out a plan for recovery.

    I am glad to have found out about Samaritan’s Purse from here back when Harvey hit.

    We’re all in debt it seems, not sure what kind of industry is in Puerto Rico and if they can balance their budget at some point.

    I pray for the victims’ loved ones for God to comfort them in their grief and for all the places that have been affected by these hurricanes. Mexico, too, I think they are still in rescue.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Wikipedia source on Puerto Rico:

      “Its economy is mainly driven by manufacturing (primarily pharmaceuticals, textiles, petrochemicals and electronics) followed by the service industry (primarily finance, insurance, real estate and tourism). In recent years, the territory has also become a popular destination for MICE (meetings, incentives, conferencing, exhibitions), with a modern convention centre district overlooking the Port of San Juan.”

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      • Kaco says:

        Thank you, Grandma. I figured they would have some tourism, but for an island that size, I wondered if they produced anything and what kind of GDP they had. I’m sure the situation seems hopeless right now.

        Hopefully the U.S. will be able to lower our debt, too.

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        • Grandma Covfefe says:

          You’re Welcome–I was curious, too, so we all might as well know what it is the PR does for their economy.
          I had thought they’d grow produce and tourism, too. Too bad they lack foresight to grow some type of produce. it guess it is easier to get welfare checks than to work to produce something. That is a sign of a DemonRat running gov’t. We should not bail them out, only loan them money and show them how to run the island business, Trump’s way. No Statehood either. They haven’t proved to be worthy to be a part of us–just another yoke on us .

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      • tinkerthinker2 says:

        I saw a lot of those manufacturing places abandoned. They used to have a booming economy until the socialists took over!

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      • rashamon says:

        Don’t forget Bacardi, which was the largest rum distillery worldwide prior to this disaster. For all those employees as well as those who enjoy their mojitoa or Bacardi & Coke, I hope they survived the blow.

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    • starfcker says:

      Kaco, this is a very sad situation. Puerto Rico couldn’t manage it’s affairs prior to the hurricanes. There is going to be lots of suffering. An almost unfixable set of problems. Globalization has set up many places for this type of heartbreak. They can’t afford and don’t have the ability to rebuild the civilization that they had.

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  7. thluckyone says:

    Sundance – guess I’m just thinking what many others are thinking: “Please don’t go.” You are our leader here and – with your guidance – we can do MUCH MORE for the precious people of PR than if you go there. The Marines have GOT this. We can uplift them and all of PR in prayer. I know you are absolutely fearless. Let us keep you for MANY more years. Thanks. Prayers continuing.

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  8. beachgrammie says:

    http://dailysignal.com/2016/04/15/puerto-ricos-liberal-mismanagement-should-not-be-rewarded-by-congress/

    We also need to pray that those who have been ensnared by the liberals which led to dependency and the road to bankruptcy now learn to also be self-reliant too. Puerto Rico was a mess already before this recent horrifying devestation. So much to pray for.

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  9. I love Puerto Rico and my heart is heavy for what the people are facing and will have to cope with for many months to come. I’m sure that the devastation that will be revealed will be astonishing in its breadth. 3.5 million people stuck on an island through the storm and through its’ aftermath is unfathomable.
    I wonder how we can possibly get there to help or if going there would even help. All I know how to do is cook.
    I live in Florida possibly a mile from the Atlantic and feel very blessed that my condo was undamaged and by some miracle never lost power, so even my refrigerator was spared! I was able to drive away from the possibility of destruction, even though it was a 20 hour nightmare to do so. These poor folks had and have no means to escape.

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    • smiley says:

      the aftermath of these major storms is worse than the storm itself.

      I am so sorry for the traumatic suffering & loss they are going through, and the sheer misery of what they are facing.

      their lives are now changed forever.

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  10. Minnie says:

    Thank you for this thread, Sundance.

    While my BIL’s family is safe, I worry for all on Puerto Rico.

    Panic and desperation.

    God be with all, the residents, as well as the responders attempting to bring vital resources to the Island.

    Please God, hold them in the palm of Your hand 🙏❤️🙏

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    • backwoodsgirl123 says:

      God works all things together for good for those that love Him and are called according to His purposes. Even destructive hurricanes!

      When we were at the shelter, they got over the walkie talkie that there was a tornado 2 blocks away and I said, “That’s in direction of our house!” So, I got to praying.

      By line of site, that tornado took out a roof from one side of our house, sort of hopped over our house and hit one on the other side diagonally.

      Our lots are acre lots or larger and there’s a lot of trees. The only sign that the tornado had come over our house was that the insulation on our enclosed porch was suck down from the rafters and was just left hanging there and one of the panels that covered the porch window was ripped in two and was hanging from the window on the ground.

      On the other side of us, a storage shed was squashed/flattened by the wind and further down another roof was ripped off.

      Our neighbor gave us the metal from the shed. We did a patch where we pulled out the window unit of the air conditioner we never use and the rest goes for rebuilding the chicken coop (wood was getting old).

      We now have access to LOTS of free firewood for this winter. And, the neighbor that gave us the shed metal, offered us a canoe for $100.

      With all of the quiet, I wrote a hymn. Haven’t done that in a long time. And I spent a good amount of time reading. I found out that our rain barrel water is excellent! (Thank you Jesus!) and that I want to put another set up for my rabbit barn.

      We will also have tons of frogs to eat insects here in a while.

      And some other personal good things came about because of the storm. Stuff I never would have realized if the power was on and the internet was back up.

      I also found out that we CAN survive a week without electricity and our generator can keep the freezer and refrigerator cold enough, but that the heat got my potatoes. We are eating a lot of potatoes now. 15 lbs. 🙂

      I think I was more worn out because of going to that stupid shelter and having to get everything prepared for the hurricane than I actually was by anything else. The shelter is run by a control freak that doesn’t know what she is doing and is definitely NOT Red Cross!

      So, now, I also have a dream of building a community emergency shelter. Don’t know if that will happen, but definitely something needed as they keep giving our shelter over to dogs from the pound!

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  11. JAS says:

    I’ve had contact with people down in PR. The government is establishing control of all fuel resources to be used by the government first. They have established alcohol sales prohibitions until further notice. The government is insane – democrats all.

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  12. Gil says:

    Sundance, with all of the large disasters lately, would you mind posting a list of supplies for a bug out bag for 3 days/person and the brands you can recommend including the bag, military or not? I have earthquake supplies but havent made bags and I should get on it asap.
    I think having a pro advise on it would be beneficial to all of us. And any extra recommendations for kids or pets? Thank a bunch if you can make time.

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  13. Robert McDoulett says:

    Puerto Rico slide into a welfare state 40 years ago. It’s more able citizens are now residents of New York. It isn’t reasonable to deal with a complete and total rebuild of all infrastructure, housing, government and parks. The Democrats used corruption, ignorance of governance, ignorance of infrastructure repair and maintenance, no rule of law, and democrat fiefdoms to led to this debacle, so we are led by Chuck Schumer to an easy decision, Free Puerto Rico. A new addition to the countries recognized by the UN. End any US welfare, voting rights, indict anyone involved in the bond sales, and send cash and humanitarian aid to those left on the island( if we can’t identify who is or is not there- we have one useless government). Take care of the needy, and wrap it up. BTW, just like Hawaii( asking to be a free country) in our future, just eliminate all disaster relief to condominiums, time-shares, restaurants, motels and hotels.Tell the UN it is your problem, Puerto Rican terrorists already killed too many of our innocents, whatever Obama thinks. Also, stop paying UN dues by 50%.

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  14. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    It looks like the huge, 1,000 ft dish antenna at the Arecibo Observatory has been damaged almost beyond repair. The 5 ton, 100 ft across focus point which was suspended 500 ft above the center of the radio astronomy antenna crashed down into the main dish during the storm. Though locals say it can be fixed, with all the other problems facing Puerto Rico right now it is likely that the facility will sit idle for a very long time.

    https://www.space.com/38242-arecibo-observatory-hurricane-maria-damage.html

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    • wheatietoo says:

      That is a shame.
      This picture shows the suspended focal apparatus that crashed down into the dish:

      This tweet shows a satellite image of the dish now.
      It looks like there is a hole off-center that could be where the suspended part crashed down into it.

      .
      Arecibo is funded by our Space agencies…so it may receive funding to make repairs from those sources.

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      • Guyver1 says:

        Wheatietoo, it may never get repaired… the newer facilities are sucking up all the money and they have had financial problems the last few years, there has been talk of shutting it down, this may be a deathblow to it… shame, for it is essential to science.
        This hits me on a personal level… I remember my Dad taking me to see it shortly after it became operational.
        It made a huge impression on a little boy…
        Then, as we were leaving, a siren went off, so I looked back…
        And the antenna was moving, both in its circular track and the curved one, targeting a spot in the sky for investigation.
        Seeing all that steel hanging in mid air, spinning, with the siren going off…an awesome sight that I will never forget.
        It will break my heart if it is not repaired and it is shut down.

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        • wheatietoo says:

          I hope it does get repaired, Guyver.

          It is such a massive structure and it’s location, so close to the equator makes it a valuable installation.

          So even though it was built in the 60’s…it’s not out of the realm of possibility that it will be rebuilt.

          Pres Trump is bringing our Space Program back from the dead.
          So it stands to reason that they would need to keep Arecibo in operation to help out with that.

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        • Guyver1 says:

          BTW, thanks to all Treepers for their prayers. My sister drove by an area where there was a little bill of cell service before that and her phone went belly up.
          She was able to send a two line message.
          Her and her family are ok, but the devastation is horrendous.
          She is alive, thank you fellow Treepers for your prayers, thank you.

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  15. TheWanderingStar says:

    “The comfort of dependency…” – Just let that soak in for a minute.

    It’s acceptable to help those who are in dire need. However, it is not acceptable to allow people to become comfortable in their dependency. The responsibility then is two-fold on those that chose to give or to help. The recipient also bears the individual responsibility of achieving self-sufficiency and sustainability. Therefore, both sides of the pact must be honored and thereby the need of dignity restored.

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    • smiley says:

      know what ?

      I’m glad you’re not my neighbor during the nightmare of a major hurricane aftermath.

      your words ring hollow.

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      • backwoodsgirl123 says:

        Setting up the circumstances where a huge number in the population becomes comfortable in their dependency, means several things:

        1. They have given up and there is no fight left in them.
        2. They have become enslaved and are not free.
        3. They have no dignity and therefore are in a shameful state.

        How can stating the obvious be bad?

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        • smiley says:

          you don’t need to explain the meaning to me…I already get it, thank you.

          and I don’t disagree with it.

          but it does nothing to help with the massive suffering these people are faced with, at this moment.

          it’s just pompous preaching….from a safe distance.

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  16. theduchessofkitty says:

    No news of my mother. Or my uncle. Or my old friends who still live there.

    Yeah, there’s a lot of anguish, with plenty to spare.

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  17. Donna Turpen says:

    PR used to do a lot of prescription Drug manufacturing, most of those factories are closed down an moved somewhere else for cheaper wages

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  18. tinkerthinker2 says:

    I lived there for 6 years, in Rincon and Boqueron and haven’t heard from any of our friends. Praying they are OK..Ironically my hubby built the power plant in Mayagüez…

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  19. Aqua says:

    FEMA.gov has a great summary of what the US is doing to get Puerto Rico back. MSM doesn’t cover this….
    Prayers to all those suffering. With hand, many hands, may we see these families back in safety soon.

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  20. G. Combs says:

    I hope President Trump appoints a CZAR of Puerto Rico 😁 who is responsible for the $$$ for rebuilding. A business person of the same caliber as T-Rex and Wilberine. Someone who can by-pass all the graft and greed and get-R-done RIGHT!

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  21. pageoturner says:

    I guess I’m just heartless but I can’t gin up any sympathy for Puerto Rico. We all need to develop that thick skin. People who don’t like the way they live change it. Puerto Ricans loved the way they lived.

    They continually elected and supported corrupt politicians. The electric utility is one of the most corrupt enterprises on the Island. Puerto Ricans has been content to rip off the US taxpayer and millions have been living in the New York/Philadelphia/New Jersey area on welfare for generations while traveling at will to enjoy island life.

    Add to that, they’re reneging on $80 billion in loans that they never should have taken on in the first place so they have nothing in reserve for a rainy day.

    Wipe the decks clean. Let them learn self reliance. Make this a lesson for all the democrat city dwellers – you’re on your own, Help your family. Help your neighbors. Help yourself.

    I survived tornado damage in a location that never in recorded history had a tornado in recorded history. Shit happens. I prepared for Irma – and am prepared for any other natural or man-made disaster. I don’t expect anyone to turn their wages over to me because I am not willing to earn the money myself or spend what I earn wisely. I will help my family, my neighbors, my church and they will help me. The government has no role in the charity business.

    We all used to live our lives that way and are overdue to return to it.

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  22. annieoakley says:

    I still believe we bailed out Mitt Romney whose Bain Capital was heavily invested in Puerto Rican bonds.

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