One year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico still nowhere near normal

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – It’s the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria making landfall on the island of Puerto Rico.  The storm winds were around 155 miles an hour dumping as much as 37 inches of rain in some spots and leaving all residents without power.

The images from Puerto Rico will forever be stuck in the minds of those who are from there. Liane Davila-Martin said the island still is not what it used to be.

“You can still see a bunch of houses that don’t have roofs. And they have this temporary blue roof on the top of their house. Plastic,” Davila-Martin.

 It hurts Davila-Martin to see this. She says what’s even more painful is president Donald Trump’s response and his recent comments disputing that nearly 3000 people lost their lives.

“The fact that those words came out of his mouth made it more obvious that Puerto Rico is not being backed up by the United States,” said Davila-Martin.

Davila-Martin recently visited Puerto Rico, and saw the unimaginable.

“Some were burying their relatives in their backyards because they perhaps didn’t have a car to drive to the hospital. They perhaps didn’t have gas or they didn’t have the resources to get the body buried,” said Davila-Martin.

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