As Hurricane Maria Devastation Endures, Bostonians Look For Ways To Help

More flights leaving San Juan but thousands are still stranded

Puerto Rico Congresswoman Jenniffer González thanked him on Twitter Tuesday and he said in a statement to the New York Daily News: "Thank God we're blessed to help". Republicans and Democrats had urged Trump to waive the Jones Act.

The law, passed in 1920, requires good shipped from the United States mainland to Puerto Rico be sent on ships built and owned by Americans.

"We've gotten A-pluses on Texas and in Florida, and we will also on Puerto Rico", Trump said in a joint press conference on Tuesday.

"One of the considerations right now is the priority of getting fuel, diesel, gasoline, all across the island".

Meanwhile, Puerto Rico doesn't have enough fuel to fill trucks to deliver supplies that have arrived in ports.

The president has a point, says Samantha Montano, an emergency management expert who blogs at Disasterology.

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, Davis said the situation "continues to improve", and said the local governor has shifted from response to recovery efforts. DHS officials said the request from Congress was "not normal" but that it was being evaluated.

Puerto Rico needs immediate aid from Congress to avoid a "humanitarian crisis" after Hurricane Maria, to prevent "thousands if not millions" of residents from flocking to the U.S. mainland, governor Ricardo Rossello said on Tuesday.

"They're our brothers and sisters and they need help and I'm just pleading for your support".

About 97 percent of the island's 3.4 million residents are still in the dark Wednesday, one week after Hurricane Maria slammed into the Puerto Rico, Rosselló said.

A Sacramento woman who grew up in Puerto Rico hasn't been able to get a hold of her family since Hurricane Maria devastated the area last week.

The initial phase of disaster response is underway, Montano says, but the response is going to take many years.

The argument seems to be that if the Jones Act were waived here, the price of some goods might come down.

"It definitely does create some logistical challenges", Montano says. They can not do surgeries, and I don't see this in the media.

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