Family of Puerto Ricans affected by hurricane say more help is needed

(WTNH)–Much of Puerto Rico is still without power, shelter and running water. Residents in Connecticut with family on the island remain frustrated with federal response to the Hurricane.

On Friday, many of them met with Senator Chris Murphy.

Carmine and Katiria Maldonado were visiting family on the island when Maria tore it up.

“It was crazy, there were electrical wires everywhere on the ground, the transformer and power poles were everywhere,” Katiria said.

They were stranded for three weeks, not able to get a flight out. They just arrived home this week in Willimantic, but the family they left behind is living in squalor. They say much hasn’t changed since the day after the hurricane. They told their story to Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, asking America to do better.

“We have to figure out a way to get the power back on we are talking about half the island still not having access to drinkable water. That puts the kids in danger seniors in danger. It’s not working,” said Senator Murphy.

“It is frustrating because we can bring thousands of planes to Iraq and soldiers and helicopters and we cannot bring 5,000 people and 50 helicopters like the Senator said to Puerto Rico it just boggles my mind.”

Senator Murphy says he hopes there will be a new aid package for Congress to vote on after the holiday.

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