ORLANDO, Fla. – Thousands of Puerto Ricans continue to struggle after Hurricane Fiona hit the island earlier this week.
President Joe Biden already approved a major disaster declaration for Puerto Rico and rescuers are still trying to access some areas cut off by damaged roads and bridges from all the flooding.
News 6 spoke to several residents on Thursday who arrived at Orlando International Airport from Puerto Rico.
“Well, even before the storm started, we didn’t have power and in my area if there’s no power, there’s no water, so basically we are still without power and water,” Lyannis Crespo said.
Crespo lives in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico.
Other passengers flew in from the island and are visiting Central Florida for a few days, though the majority told News 6 they didn’t expect the storm to bring so much rain.
“Puerto Rico isn’t prepared. Even though the government says it is, it definitely isn’t prepared with water or power,” Yohalyn Millayes said.
Luis Reyes said he left for Puerto Rico the day before the storm hit because he wanted to make sure his family was going to be OK.
He said they lost power but used a generator to get by.
“It looked like another Maria. There wasn’t a lot of wind but there was a lot of rain, a lot of flooding,” Reyes said.
Iglesia de Dios on Flamboyan Street in Kissimmee is accepting donations until Friday, Sept. 23.
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