A Nebraska native living in Puerto Rico says riding out Hurricane Irma followed by Maria has been a devastating experience. Sadie Gray says she is getting by but there is nothing much left of the island she now calls home.
Gray says, “We will still hurting from Irma and Irma wasn’t that bad for us. Before Maria came we have friends that live in Santurce that still didn’t have power and this is two weeks after Irma came to town. People haven’t had power for going on a month now. We got power after Irma three days she was after it was done. We are still currently on generator power. It is a mess. I’m standing in my back yard right now because that is where I get a really good cell signal and I’m looking at what used to be a forest and it just naked, broken bad trees. The whole island is a hot mess.”
Gray says people are waiting in lines for up to three hours for gasoline, food and to use an ATM. She says so many people haven’t had power for weeks; don’t have food or fresh water to drink. She says there are thousands of people who are not okay.
Gray says is very pleased that the Jones Act was lifted so they can finally get assistance from other countries. Many people are in need of doctors, medicine and other supplies. There are reports that many of those needed items are in port but there is no way to distribute them because the roads are still blocked with debris. Gray says there is also a shortage of truck drivers because they are busy dealing with their own homes and families.
Gray says most of their windows are still boarded up because they want to save as much power as possible. Gray says, “I’m very anxious and we all are anxious to get back to normal very, very soon but I think it will be a long road before that happens.”