Puerto Rico Faces Extensive Damage After Hurricane Maria

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The memories are still fresh.

“The noise is still in my mind, the way the winds attacked the island is something incredible,” said Angel Rivera.

Rivera says he lost everything when Hurricane Maria roared across Puerto Rico.

“We lost our house, our house got flooded,” he said.

But he ultimately decided to leave Puerto Rico because of his son’s asthma.

“The moment before the hurricane came, he spent a month in the hospital, so we were so afraid of all the contamination around will be worse for him,” said Rivera.

So his family, including his extended family of eight, moved to Cleveland in November.

“The island is difficult to get the resources, we’re just lucky, we spent our savings money to get here,” said Rivera.

“These individuals are starting from scratch, they don’t have housing, they don’t have employment,” said Director of Inclusion and Diversity at MetroHealth Lourdes Negron McDaniel.

On Saturday, the folks at MetroHealth and the city of Cleveland teamed up to help people like Rivera with healthcare options, education advice and some job prospects.

“We are a welcoming city and we want to be helpful for everyone,” said McDaniel.



Article Courtesy of WEWS News 5 Cleveland

First Picture Courtesy of Kevin C. Cox and Getty Images

Second Picture Courtesy of Mario Tama and Getty Images

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