Arecibo Mayor to issue $1,000 grants to flood victims

By John McPhaul

Arecibo Mayor Carlos Molina Rodríguez announced Tuesday that he will grant $1,000 to families who are victims of the floods that submerged parts of the municipality on Sunday and Monday, while the Puerto Rico government manages assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“We recognize that many families suffered considerable losses during this unexpected event. We believe that it is necessary to act quickly, so before Arecibo is declared a disaster area, we will be granting economic assistance through the municipality’s own funds,” Molina Rodríguez said in a written statement.

The mayor said the bill, which will award $1,000 to homes damaged by the floods, was approved by the municipal legislature less than 48 hours after the emergency with the expectation of giving relief to at least about 300 families throughout the municipality, as part of an initial mitigation effort while other types of aid are made available to citizens.

Molina Rodríguez said that throughout the affected communities today, after an evaluation of the damage was carried out Monday by municipal personnel, “the municipality will be calling the affected families to coordinate aid.”

The mayor urged interested non-profit organizations to join the relief efforts for affected families, who in many cases suffered the total loss of their assets.

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