6 Months After Maria, Minnesotans Travel to Puerto Rico to Help

March 21, 2018 06:26 PM

This week marks six months since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane. 

And since that time, Minnesotans have traveled to the island to assist in the recovery effort.


Laura Prybilla of St. Paul traveled to Puerto Rico last week with a group of Dunwoody College architecture students.


"A lot needs to be done," Prybilla said. "Lots of places without power. A lot of the houses need a ton of work."

The group brought school supplies to children.

"When we got there was a line of little kids with welcome signs," she said.

While some rural areas still have a lot of damage and remain without power, Prybilla said bigger cities like San Juan have made great progress since the hurricane. 

"San Juan and Ponce, Puerto Rico, where we stayed, those two areas to me from what I saw were doing pretty well," she said. "I personally would not have known that a hurricane went through there."

ABC News reports nearly 135,000 Puerto Ricans have relocated to Florida, and 100,000 people remain without power in Puerto Rico. 


Joe Mazan

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