- Biden declares a major disaster due to the rains and floods that have hit the island of Puerto Rico.
- The good news is that this move will help the thousands of Puerto Ricans who are suffering the ravages of bad weather.
- The money will be distributed among the people affected by the floods who reside in the municipalities declared as disaster areas.
Biden declares a major disaster due to the rains and floods that have hit the island of Puerto Rico. The good news is that this decision will help the thousands of Puerto Ricans who are suffering the ravages of bad weather.
On Tuesday, US President Joe Biden approved the declaration of a major disaster in Puerto Rico — specifically in the five municipalities that have been the most affected by February’s intense flooding. Now, Puerto Rico will be able to receive economic aid from the federal government.
Biden declares major disaster due to flooding in Puerto Rico
With the “approval” of President Biden, now the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be able to provide federal funds for local governments to invest in the recovery of the areas most affected by the rains.
According to the statement published by FEMA, Cataño, Dorado, Toa Baja, Vega Alta, and Vega Baja, the five municipalities most affected by the rains, floods, and landslides that occurred last February, were declared disaster areas.
Recovering Puerto Rico
FEMA announced that economic aid from the federal government was already available for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and that the objective of offering this assistance is to complement local efforts in the recovery of the island.
The money will be distributed among the people affected by the floods who reside in the municipalities declared as disaster areas. Those who qualify may be eligible for grants to help pay for temporary housing and repairs to weather-damaged homes.
Economic help for the people
The federal funds will also be used to grant low-interest loans to the people most affected by the floods as a way to help them cover economic losses that have not been compensated by insurance, reported the EFE news agency.
In addition to helping individuals, they will have programs to help business owners get their establishments back on track. There will also be federal funds available for all of Puerto Rico under the cost-sharing concept for risk mitigation.
Help is finally here
The help took some time to arrive, but it is finally a reality for Puerto Ricans. Pedro Pierluisi, Governor of Puerto Rico, had asked President Biden to declare a major disaster in seven municipalities of the island on March 8.
In his request he had included the municipalities of Toa Alta and San Juan, where more than 500 residences were damaged by the floods. The presidential resolution did not include them in the disaster areas, so they will not activate federal assistance for these locations.
How to rebuild Puerto Rico?
On Tuesday, March 29, after hearing the good news about the approval of resources for the island, Pierluisi met with Marcia L. Fudge, who is the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, to work on a recovery plan for the island.
“I held a meeting with @HUDgov’s @SecFudge to discuss the efforts to recover and rebuild homes on the Island after natural disasters, and about the use of the federal funds that Puerto Rico has received,” the governor wrote on Twitter.
Apply for FEMA help
“It was a great honor to sit down with Puerto Rico @GovPierluisi and recovery agencies to talk about their experiences during disaster reconstruction and the ways that HUD will continue to be their partner in equitable recovery. #TodosPorPuertoRico,” wrote Fudge on Twitter as a show of support for the island.
Those residents of the municipalities declared as disaster areas who are interested in receiving government aid can apply through the website of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION. Biden declares major disaster due to flooding in Puerto Rico.
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