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Nelson, Rubio Urge Govt to Find Quick Fix for PR's Infrastructure

Nelson, Rubio Urge Govt to Find Quick Fix for PR's Infrastructure
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 24 October 2017 08:17 PM

Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio are urging the federal government to figure out a short-term fix for Puerto Rico's infrastructure, according to a report in The Hill.

Hurricane Maria slammed into the island in September, leaving many of the 3.4 million residents without electricity, food, and water. At least 80 percent of Puerto Rico's electrical grid has been damaged and about 80 percent of customers remain without power.

Rubio and Nelson visited Puerto Rico in late September and have since urged President Donald Trump to send more aid. Trump was criticized at first for the administration's response to the storm.

"During our recent visits to Puerto Rico, we witnessed the devastation this storm caused to the island's infrastructure, including numerous bridges that were damaged or completely destroyed," the senators wrote in a letter to the Department of Transportation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday.

"The hurricane hit rural communities in Puerto Rico's mountainous interior especially hard, effectively cutting them off from the rest of the island."

The senators asked FEMA and the DOT to "promptly assist and identify interim solutions for Puerto Rico in repairing its damaged roads and bridges."

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