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RACINE- A Racine woman who wanted to lay her mother's ashes in Puerto Rico gets caught in Hurricane Maria

RACINE- A Racine woman who wanted to lay her mother's ashes in Puerto Rico gets caught in Hurricane Maria

She left Puerto Rico to study at Boston University and graduated with honors before earning a master's degree in public management and policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She said the clinics closed without power, overwhelming the limited number of facilities that are operational.

The process of rebuilding the island will be a long road ahead as the costs and expenses of the project will be enormous.

Schools started classes August 14 but students have already missed two weeks because of Hurricane Irma, which lashed the island only days before Maria hit.

"With all the needs there are, we go out every day to the streets and are face to face with the people - you don't see a single government agency", said Elizabeth Perez, a police officer in Ponce, Puerto Rico, who recently visited poor neighborhoods in her district and found people living in dire conditions.

President Trump blasted the increasingly critical mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday for "poor leadership ability" in not being able to "get their workers to help" in hurricane relief, saying the federal government is doing a "fantastic job".

Trump on Saturday responded to Cruz's criticism, suggesting her lack of leadership has resulted in problems with the recovery effort.

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While the people of Florida and Texas, because those states contain large blocs of white Republican voters, deserve and require aid, the people of Puerto Rico should be grateful for whatever they get.

On Sunday, however, the Puerto Rican government told FEMA it only wanted 150 officers with vehicles, leading the St. Paul officers to reverse their plans. Both islands are virtually out of purified drinking water and TV coverage shows hundreds waiting in line to fill plastic gas cans with what seems to be dirty water running out of the falling hillsides. "Massive food & water delivered", the president tweeted. Power and phone connectivity is scarce, as are basic necessities on the island, which is usually a draw for vacationers from the mainland.

On Friday, JPMorgan Chase announced a $500,000 donation to organizations working on the ground, like the Community Foundation of Puerto Rico and the local Boys and Girls Club. Early Thursday, six tankers holding nearly 76,000 gallons of fuels like gasoline and diesel were anchored in the waters outside the island, Bloomberg vessel-tracking data show.

Puerto Rico National Guardsmen patrol a highway in Carolina, Puerto Rico on September 22, after Hurricane Maria caused extensive flooding.

"This is a mission about saving the people of Puerto Rico", Bossert said. All the island's landlines are operating but only about 11% of the cell towers are operational. People in need of medical care are mainly being transferred to open hospitals in the island's northeast, and those in need of critical care are being flown off the island. Rossello saw this as an improvement because 500 shelters were operating 10 days ago. Even with moves to ease shipping to the island, like the Trump administration's waiver of the Jones Act on Thursday, the facilities have become choke points in the effort to aid survivors of Hurricane Maria. The policy will remain in effect through October 31.

Hurricane Maria has come in with a blast. She begged the president to "make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives", and appealed for help "to save us from dying".

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