Burlington Songwriter Releases Single To Help Puerto Rico's Hurricane Recovery

Burlington Songwriter Releases Single To Help Puerto Rico's Hurricane Recovery

Rick Scott held a roundtable Tuesday with Florida education leaders, community officials and volunteer organizations to discuss the ongoing relief efforts for Puerto Ricans who have been displaced by Hurricane Maria.

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September of 2017.

Sen. Blumenthal is co-sponsoring a bill that would provide $195 billion in aid to help rebuild Puerto Rico. "We've opened up two relief centers at the Miami airport, and at the Orlando airport", he said.

"We're doing everything from helping people get a job to helping them get housing to helping them get into the right schools", Scott said.

Puerto Rico authorities said Friday that almost half of power customers in the US territory still lack electricity.

Fluor Corp., working under its contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in support of a Federal Emergency Management Agency mission to help fix and restore the power grid in Puerto Rico, has completed work on portions of three priority 38kv power lines in large urban areas near San Juan and a fourth priority 38kv line near Caguas.

Education commissioner Pam Stewart reached out to her counterpart in Puerto Rico in November to make this arrangement possible.

Scott said he also sat down with President Donald Trump to see what more can be done.

With about half the island still without power, and access to clean water scarce, Burlington-based artist Francesca Blanchard says she wanted to help.

The governor visited Puerto Rico twice and met with local offices about what can be done to help those who are still in need. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló had promised in October to restore 95 percent of power by December 15, while the Army Corps of Engineers estimated power would be totally restored by May.

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