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Yauco mayor to hand out $5,000 checks to flood victims

Yauco Mayor Ángel Luis “Luigi” Torres Ortiz (Facebook)

By The Star Staff

Yauco Mayor Ángel Luis “Luigi” Torres Ortiz announced Thursday morning that “we will be handing out a check, in the amount of $5,000, to families who lost their belongings in the aftermath of the devastating floods that unfolded in our town and that, sadly, left us with eight inches of rain.”

“Our heart, as well as that of all the resources of our municipality, are, perfectly, tuned to the heartbeats of those who need and find themselves suffering the most at this very moment,” Torres Ortiz said in a written statement,

He announced subsequently that, officially, “we are talking about 83 Yaucana families, who lost their belongings, and 32 merchants who saw their belongings and saw their most cherished dreams vanish in just hours.”

From the first day of the emergency, the mayor has visited the most important sectors of the southern coastal municipality, including Reparto Esperanza, Calle 25 de Julio and Mont Blanc.

“We have an unwavering commitment to all our people, and much more strong, in the midst of this critical situation,” he said. “With the check, for $5,000 … we want people to be able to start [replacing] their damaged appliances.”

According to the National Weather Service and Nino Correa Filomena, commissioner of the Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Administration, the torrential rains of the past few days had not been seen in Puerto Rico for many years.

Torres Ortiz also thanked Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia and the heads of agencies for “the gigantic help provided.”

“Yauco, together, we will rise up and with more strength,” he said. “God takes us by the hand!”

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