Locals ready to open doors to Puerto Rico hurricane victims

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Those who have family members in Puerto Rico that lost everything to Hurricane Maria are ready to open their doors.

Vice President for CT Puerto Rican Agenda, Elmer Rivera-Bello said, “We are trying to accommodate as much as we can opening our doors to our family members. I’m ready to take in as many as I can fit in my home. But it is a reality we are going to have to deal with in the near future.”

Rivera-Bello said a lot of people have no choice but to leave the island. He added, “When you are being told you are not going to have no power, no running water for four to six months you have a choice to make.”

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Jhonathan Rivera, the Co-Founder of Puerto Ricans United, said he hasn’t been able to get in touch directly with his family.

“Power is being restored little by little. It could be from four to six to eight months. And that is very slowly because a lot of the places in the island they can’t get through,” said Rivera. His cousin’s home was destroyed and he said his family might have to move to Connecticut.

Rivera added, “It’s the best option if they don’t want to go through another hurricane. If they want to make a better life for themselves meaning as to finding better jobs because the economy in Puerto Rico is bad as well it is a good idea for them to move out here.”

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Most of the people who want to stay have to start from zero. Rivero-Bello said there’s a feeling that not enough is being done for Puerto Rico.

He added, “The U.S. government needs to realize that this is going to be an access of billions of dollars to take care of Puerto Rico.”

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