the aftermath of hurricane maria

6 thoughts on “the aftermath of hurricane maria”

  1. Kevin C says:

    So good to hear from you guys, David. Anna and I worry / wonder often about everyone we know on the island. I’m glad that you guys were able to get to somewhere safe. We hope to come down in 2018 to purchase some land / house. I hope you guys are there so that we might be able to catch up! Hopefully when you return to the island, a sense of normalcy will be present and things will have started to somewhat recover.

    1. David says:

      Hey Kevin!

      We look forward to catching up with you guys when you come down next year… talk soon.

  2. Gatica says:

    Crazy how survival mode kicks in when need be! Good to hear that you and family are hanging in there and are well. Our neighbor has kept us posted to the best of his ability of what really is going on in Puerto Rico. Regardless, we continue with our plans to fly out on the 28th of this month. Paz…

    1. David says:

      I’d love to hear what you see on your upcoming visit… best wishes!

  3. Kirsten L Upshaw says:

    Such an amazing story! When events like Maria happen, you realize how strong and resilient you really are!

  4. Gatica says:

    So I arrived on the island on December 29th to vacation and check on my home after hurricane Maria. On Sunday, 45 days later I am leaving. I can only share my experience of seeing the aftermath of the devastation left behind by Maria. Although I suffered minor damages, fence went down and an AC unit flew off my roof, those issues were easily repaired before I got here. I also have been lucky to have had water and electricity the whole time I’ve been here except for twice when power briefly went out. Unfortunately I’ve conversed with people in close proximity to my municipality who have not been so fortunate. And a lawyer friend of mine who lives in Isabela is still on a generator. I covered a good portion of the coastline, Aguada to Fajardo, and I believe what first stands out is mainly the ravages inflicted to the landscape of the island. Both the seashores and especially to the tree’s. Yes, I observed many tarp or plastic covered homes where obviously roofs have flown off people’s homes. Piles of debree including ruined furniture, rusted dilapidated appliances and many, many mattresses. Or sometimes these piles would consist of entire tree’s or tree’s cut down into manageable pieces. El Yunque left me speechless. Electrical poles of all types, wood, cement, metal on a tilt or completely down. But what I also did notice was various types of crewmen working throughout the day and well into the night and on weekends either addressing the clean up process of removing heaps of trash, electrical repair, or tree maintenance. Communities and it’s people repainting their homes, vigorously sweeping and tidying their properties. Saw numerous Puerto Rican flags and some US flags flapping in the wind from vehicles and posted on establishment walls. I listened to friends and neighbors experiences surviving the hurricane and their present struggles and or blessings. I see a land with people who will not be defeated. Relocating to Puerto Rico has been a ten year retirement plan for my husband and I. Regardless of hurricanes like Maria, we will leave California (earthquake country, our home sits right on a major fault!) and return in November permanently, if that is what’s meant to be.

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