© 2022 Connecticut Public

FCC Public Inspection Files:
WPKT · WRLI-FM · WEDW-FM · Public Files Contact
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

After Visit, Rep. Rosa DeLauro Is Optimistic About Recovery Efforts In Puerto Rico

Lori Mack
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro at New Haven City Hall.

U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro recently returned from a trip to Puerto Rico where she surveyed Hurricane Maria recovery efforts.

Though clean water and lack of power continue to be issues on the island, especially in the hard to reach mountain areas, DeLauro said there is progress being made.

“Just in terms of power, we understand that by the end of February, beginning of March, we’ll be at 95 percent,” DeLauro said. “They say that that additional 5 percent, which is mainly in those mountainous regions, will be done by June.”

In terms of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, DeLauro seems to have softened a bit. She said FEMA got off to a slow start, but they’re moving along with rebuilding the island's infrastructure and they understand their shortcomings.

She told a crowd of reporters at City Hall in New Haven to “keep in mind there were 190-mile-an-hour winds. It’s an island, which makes it more difficult to get services in to, and there were some conditions that existed beforehand in terms of fragile infrastructure that had to be coped with as well.”

DeLauro said FEMA is concerned with the resources needed for planning and rebuilding for the long term. The big issue now, she said, is getting the $81 billion supplemental spending bill passed.

So far it’s gone through the House it heads next to the Senate.

Lori Connecticut Public's Morning Edition host.

Stand up for civility

This news story is funded in large part by Connecticut Public’s Members — listeners, viewers, and readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

We hope their support inspires you to donate so that we can continue telling stories that inform, educate, and inspire you and your neighbors. As a community-supported public media service, Connecticut Public has relied on donor support for more than 50 years.

Your donation today will allow us to continue this work on your behalf. Give today at any amount and join the 50,000 members who are building a better—and more civil—Connecticut to live, work, and play.

Related Content