Governor Wanda Vázquez thanked the population for their collaboration during the emergency due to the passage of tropical storm Laura, as well as the workers and agencies that attended the emergency, and assured that the damage had been relatively minor and has already been works in recovery.
“On this occasion, thank God we had no loss of life. I want to acknowledge and congratulate the people of Puerto Rico because every day that we face these types of situations, we learn more, to be prepared, to handle situations prudently and to take precautionary measures so that both we and our families are safer "Vázquez commented.
" I really am very pleased. We have seen how we have been learning from each of these situations that we have faced, "he insisted.
Vázquez added that" the only situation that kept us very concerned was the situation of the young people caught in the flooding of the Toro Negro river in Ciales ”, who were rescued this morning after work hours by rescuers and Emergency Management personnel and other agencies that participated in the rescue operation.
Vázquez also highlighted that President Donald Trump approved the declaration of a State of Emergency, which allowed activating federal government resources for Puerto Rico, and thanked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for their efforts and Rear Admiral Peter Brown, Casa Blanca's liaison with Puerto Rico and who is also at the Isla.
The governor stated that, at 9:00 am, there were only about 33,000 customers without electricity service, “most of them in the Mayagüez area of Ponce, and some in the San Juan area ”. He added that there are about 250 brigades of the Electric Power Authority (PREPA) “active working”, as well as some helicopters flying over main lines in Adjuntas, Utuado and Maricao, to ensure that they can remain in service.
On the other hand, there were about 61,000 clients of the Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (AAA) without service, of which 70% is due to lack of electricity in pumping plants. He noted, however, that some 75,000 subscribers did not see their service affected thanks to the generators that have been installed in the pumping plants.
Vázquez also reported that in the Carraízo and La Plata reservoirs a sluice is maintained in both open “to handle adequate levels.”
Meanwhile, 23 incidents were reported on the highways, including 6 collapses on state highways in Villalba, Comerío, San Germán and Corozal. One of those landslides keeps the road closed on PR-149 in Villalba.
Regarding maritime transport with the islands of Vieques and Culebra, he said that the Coast Guard has already authorized the opening of the Vieques and Culebra docks, but they were still waiting for the authorization of the docks of Ceiba and San Juan to be able to resume services.
As for refugees, only one remained in Ponce, who was expected to return home soon. In total, there were 64 refugees in a dozen municipalities.
In the Agriculture sector, losses were reported in various crops, particularly in banana and banana crops. The governor informed the farmers affected, both by storm Laura and by storm Isaías days before, that they could request assistance through the programs known as “Regrow”.