Official From Puerto Rico Offers Grim Assessment Of Recovery

Craig Dellimore
August 30, 2018 - 5:20 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A delegation from Puerto Rico has visited Chicago’s emergency management headquarters to discuss the island’s recovery from last year’s hurricane. 

The Puerto Rican officials were visiting the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, where Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau recalled that Chicago was the first city to send help after Hurricane Maria.

Julia Nazario, the Mayor of the coastal town of Loiza, says she led the delegation here this week, at Mayor Emanuel’s invitation. She wanted to give a status report on her town.

“The work is still not done,” she said.

Nazario said there are many people still suffering, but her people are staying strong. 

The response from FEMA has been very slow, she said, and the town still hasn't been reimbursed for the money that it spend to support itself after the hurricane. 

That’s still a sore point for Illinois state Sen. Iris Martinez, who scoffs at President Trump’s recent assessment that the federal government did a good job.