ARECIBO – The mayor of Arecibo, Carlos Molina Rodríguez, announced this Tuesday that he will grant 1,000 dollars to families who are victims of the floods that affected the municipality on Sunday and Monday, while the Government of Puerto Rico manages the assistance of the Federal Agency for Emergency Management (FEMA, for its acronym in English).
“We recognize that many families suffered considerable losses during this unexpected event. We believe that it is necessary to act quickly, so before Arecibo is declared an emergency zone, we will be granting economic assistance through the Municipality’s own funds, “said Molina Rodríguez in written statements.
The Mayor said that the bill that will award $ 1,000 to homes affected by the floods in less than 48 hours after the emergency, was approved by the municipal legislature with the expectation of impacting at least about 300 families throughout the city. This as part of an initial mitigation effort while other types of aid are made available to citizens.
Molina Rodríguez indicated that this Wednesday through the affected communities, after an evaluation of the damage that was carried out yesterday (Monday) by municipal personnel, “the municipality will be calling the affected families to coordinate aid in one town of each community”.
The first municipal executive urged that interested non-profit organizations join the relief efforts for affected families, who in many cases suffered the total loss of their assets.