Puerto Rico’s first responders, firefighters, and military personnel rushed to the aid of Hurricane Maria, which is believed to have left at least one person dead, on Monday, the first day of the city’s recovery.
A woman walks along the shore of the island, where her house was destroyed by Hurricane Maria in the southeastern island of Dominica, on August 14, 2017.
At the center of the recovery effort is a community that’s been on the brink of destruction for years.
The island’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, has called the hurricane “the worst natural disaster in our nation’s history.”
Rosselló has promised a full recovery for the territory.
But as the island faces the worst economic crisis in the U.S. since the Great Depression, he has been slow to embrace the relief efforts and has been criticized by critics for not making his efforts public more widely.
Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on August 25, destroying most of the territory’s infrastructure.
Its main airport is in San Juan, the capital, and most of its other infrastructure has been damaged.
The storm’s death toll is expected to climb as officials attempt to reconstruct homes and businesses.
Puertorriqueños Governor Ricardo Rosseyo speaks during a news conference in front of the Presidential Palace, where a hurricane warning remains in effect in the capital of San Juan on August 26, 2017, to respond to Maria.
Rosseyo, a former mayor of the northern coastal city of Guaynabo, said on Saturday that the governor has taken a number of actions that he hopes will spur a greater commitment from local officials and the federal government.
He said the governor also wants to make the island a “city of hope.”
“I am very hopeful, I think he’s done a good job of that,” said Rossello, who said that Rossellos administration had received numerous requests from local residents to help with recovery efforts.
“It is a long and arduous process,” he added.
As Rossellows government has tried to coordinate aid efforts, a group of local mayors and business owners has been pressing Rosselles administration to make Puerto Rico a “sanctuary city,” a designation that would grant some residents the ability to seek shelter from hurricane-related disasters and help with cleanup efforts.
The group of mayors has been working for months to secure funding for a $10 million fund to help the island recover.
In an attempt to ease the pressure, the president of the National Governors Association, David Martin, said he’s optimistic that the federal aid would come through, though he was unable to offer details.
Martin also said that Puerto Rico is on track to have its second hurricane of the year, which would make it the fourth American territory to experience a tropical storm in a row.
Puerto Rico has been hit hard by the storm, which has caused a record number of deaths and billions of dollars in damage.
President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico Gov.
Ricardo Roselló arrive at the White House in Washington, DC, August 27, 2017 for a joint news conference.
Some in Puerto Rican government are also concerned about what they see as a lack of transparency from the Trump administration and the island’s congressional delegation.
Rossello’s office has been in contact with the mayors, and Puerto Rican lawmakers have also met with officials, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the discussions.
But the White Senate has yet to act on any legislation that might help the territory recover.
Puerto Ricans are still waiting for aid from the U,S.
Rossells administration is also trying to address a backlog of more than 3,000 missing federal personnel.
In the midst of the storm and a crisis that has claimed more than 4,300 lives, the government of Puerto Rico still has not had a full complement of federal officials on the island.
After the storm hit Puerto Rico, the U of S. Department of Justice opened a criminal investigation into the government’s response.
The probe has been ongoing for several months and could take months.
Department for Justice has not said whether it is seeking to prosecute any of the government officials involved.