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White House Approves Puerto Rico, St Croix Disaster Declaration

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - September 21, 2017

By the Caribbean Journal staff

United States President Donald Trump has declared that a “major disaster” exists in Puerto Rico and in St Croix, ordering federal assistance to supplement local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Maria.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help both individuals and small business owners.

Alejandro de la Campa has been appointed as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in Puerto Rico.

Trump’s declaration makes federal funding available to those affected in the Puerto Rico municipalities across the island.

Puerto Rico was hammered by Maria, with much of the island in a blackout and widespread damage.

The total damage assessment is still underway.

St Croix was pummeled by Maria as well, although the extent of damage remains unclear.

William L. Vogel has been tapped as the Federal Coordinating Officer for recovery operations in affected areas in St Croix.

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