Flights Resume in San Juan, But Puerto Rico Has Long Road Ahead to Recovery from Maria

By Jesse Sokolow on 22 September 2017
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San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Two days after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, most of the island is still without power, and restoring power to much of the territory could take up to six months.

Local officials said that it will be necessary for people to dramatically change their lifestyles in the coming months as a result of the devastation.

“It’s a good time for dads to buy a ball and a glove and change the way you entertain your children,” said Ricardo Ramos, director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. Mr. Ramos also said that residents would need to change their methods of cooking and keeping cool.

Clean water will also be hard to come by in some regions.

Airports in Aguadilla, Ponce, and San Juan were closed this week due to flooding debris on the runways, although a runway at San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport reopened Friday morning. The airport is expected to begin receiving planeloads of emergency supplies, such as water, tents, cots, and generators.

The airport is also set to reopen Friday to commercial traffic, although only between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. All other hours will be reserved solely for military and hurricane relief flights.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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