Governor Rosselló visits the Island’s northeast to inspect damages after the passage of Hurricane Irma
(September 7, 2017 – Canóvanas) Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, visited the northeastern part of the Island today, where he inspected the municipalities of Carolina, Loíza, and Canóvanas to observe the damages caused by the passage of Hurricane Irma through the area.
The governor expressed his satisfaction with the citizens' response to the government's call to take precautions before the passage of the tropical system.
"I am very pleased because the people responded to a situation of high danger. Although the hurricane turned a little to the north, it delivered considerable damage in Puerto Rico. However, if the people had not taken the situation seriously, we would potentially be talking about how many lives would have been lost rather than damage to infrastructure," said the governor.
Rosselló visited the Isla Verde Beach where, together with the mayor of Carolina, José Aponte Dalmau, they inspected the damages caused by the tropical system and the recovery work being carried out.
Aponte Dalmau, in conversation with the governor, indicated that the beach is completely destroyed, including the lifeguard towers. He pointed out that the water park suffered damages.
The mayor expressed to governor Rosselló that "the work you did was very effective. We had 133 people in shelters, who are now returning to their homes and none of their homes were damaged. We are working on three state highways: the 853, 856, and 857; they are completely obstructed. There are primary electric lines under the trees."
For his part, the governor said that "the mayors are the ones who will make the estimates of damages. This task facilitates the work of the central Government and FEMA to declare where the disaster areas are and to put into effect the protocols to provide resources to the population, individuals, and infrastructure in general."
Then, governor Rosselló visited Piñones, in the municipality of Loíza, to inspect Road 187, where there were several fallen trees on the roadway, as well as electric lines on the ground.
Later, Rosselló—accompanied by the mayor of Canóvanas, Lornna Soto—visited the people staying in the Vocational High School, which is acting as a shelter for the municipality.
In the shelter, the governor said that the Restaurant Association (ASORE, per its Spanish acronym) "has served this and other shelters to provide hot food to the citizens in the shelters. We would like to thank you on behalf of the People of Puerto Rico for all your commitment."
"This is what it is all about: not only the central or municipal governments, but also the private sector, non-profit organizations are making us move forward," the governor added.
During the visit, governor Rosselló was joined by the Caribbean Area Division director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Alejandro de La Campa; the Government’s chief of staff, William Villafañe; the secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, Tania Vázquez; the secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Housing, Fernando Gil; and the director of the Puerto Rico State Agency for Emergency and Disaster Management, Abner Gómez.