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SAN JUAN — The federal government significantly underestimated the potential damage to Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and relied too heavily on local officials and private-sector entities to handle the cleanup, according to a POLITICO review of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s plan for the disaster. The plan, which was

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it will teach builders how to make the structures they build more resilient to extreme elements over the course of three days on St. Thomas. · FEMA is offering free training for building professionals about materials and techniques that will improve

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SAN JUAN — Straddled across Ausberto Maldonado’s backyard in Bayamon, a suburb of Puerto Rico, is a nagging reminder of Hurricane Maria’s destructive power. “See, that tree broke off that branch, which is as thick as a tree — and now it’s in my yard,” said Maldonado, a 65-year-old retiree.

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SAN JUAN — The older folks in the Caribbean have a very popular saying “If it ain’t the sugar it’s the sugar pan,” meaning “if it ain’t one thing it’s another. And if you have lived long enough you will know that in life this goes without saying. The shattered

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – “Significant progress continues to be made on the disposal of the massive amount of debris” left in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Government House reported Friday. To date, about 750,000 cubic yards of tree and plant debris has been picked up across all islands and more

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SAN JUAN — 2017 saw unprecedented weather in the United States. The country grappled with three catastrophic Category 4 tropical cyclones—including hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria—which together cost $265 billion. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were hit particularly hard by the one-two punch of hurricanes Irma and Maria just days apart in September.

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SAN JUAN — Generators are still humming. Candles are still flickering. Homes are still being repaired. Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria exactly six months ago, and the U.S. commonwealth is still struggling to recover from the strongest storm to hit the island in nearly a century. “There are

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SAN JUAN — José López doesn’t have a deed for the little house at the edge of a dairy farm where he was raised and still lives — only the stories his grandfather told him about how the house came to be. It began with an agreement between gentlemen 39

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced earlier this month that the Federal Housing Administration would be extending the foreclosure moratorium for Hurricane Maria victims in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The extension previously dealt only with forward borrowers, but HUD and the FHA are now extending the foreclosure

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WASHINGTON — President Donald J. Trump on Thursday made additional disaster assistance available to the territory by authorizing an extension of increased federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program.  The extension applies to the major disaster declarations for Hurricanes Irma

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