Puerto Ricans living in CT speak out on impact of Hurricane Maria

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Puerto Ricans who are now living in Connecticut after being displaced by Hurricane Maria are speaking out.

A community forum is being held in Farmington Thursday to discuss the challenges they’ve faced.

About 3,000 adults and children sought refuge here in Connecticut, after the category five storm hit the island one year ago.

As they work to rebuild their lives here, Puerto Rico is still very much in recovery mode. FEMA numbers show that despite water and power restoration, more than 166,000 homes still need repairs or reconstruction.

“We need to finish that emergency work and then develop what is going to be the permanent recovery for Puerto Rico which is going to last 5-10 years if not more,” said  Luis Rodriguez, Executive Director, ARECMA.

Thursday’s community forum will be held at UConn Health from 2-4 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

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