White House announces additional support for Puerto Rico following natural disasters

FEMA to give island $3.7 billion to help fix water infrastructure issues

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Puerto Rico is expected to receive additional federal funding to support efforts to rebuild some of its infrastructures following recent natural disasters.

The Trump Administration announced Tuesday it is providing another grant through the Federal Emergency Management Administration to help rebuild the island’s water and wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations, dams and reservoirs.

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FEMA is providing the island with a $3.7 billion public assistance grant, marking one of the largest of its kind in the history of the agency, a White House news release reads. The funds are meant to support the people of Puerto Rico and restore the U.S. territory’s infrastructure.

The island continues to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The storm made landfall as a category five storm in 2017, killing more than 3,000 people. The island also dealt with heavy flooding and power outages after Hurricane Isais pummeled Puerto Rico on July 30.

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On Wednesday, FEMA reported nearly $7.3 billion approved to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s critical infrastructure and historical buildings still damaged from Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Puerto Rico also was also struck by an earthquake swarm in late 2019, leading into the early months of 2020. At least 11 earthquakes were a magnitude of five or higher, bringing down buildings and ruining roads.

With the island working to rebuild much of its infrastructure, FEMA has previously offered $9.6 billion in grants for electrical work and $2 billion to assist with education facilities.