Gov. Baker: National Guard unit heading to Puerto Rico

Faith Castro
October 3, 2017

Baker said the request for assistance from Puerto Rico came through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact - the national emergency management mutual aid system that streamlines state-to-state disaster assistance.

Rafael Álvarez, vice-president of Méndez & Co, a food distribution company based in San Juan, said he was anxious that if fuel was not efficiently distributed soon, people might get desperate. Critics called for more resources and a single authority to oversee relief efforts.

Hurricane Maria caused unprecedented devastation on the USA territory of 3.4 million people.

There are not enough truck drivers, and the ones who are there are finding many roads impassable.

The medium-sized tanker Energy Patriot coming from Canada finished discharging refined products at San Juan on Thursday, according to Reuters data.

But the waiver is likely to only help somewhat, as containers of supplies still need to be delivered from the island's ports.

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"Fuel distribution is slowly starting to flow. So my cry today is let's get it done", Cruz said. The most needed fuel right now is diesel.

Three other vessels from the United States and the Caribbean have lined up to unload, with two more tankers en route from Europe, the data showed. The Port will assign 45 aviation staff to assist at San Juan International Airport and other airports in the Commonwealth, 11 Port staff to assess damage and assist with re-establishment of Port of San Juan operations, and 10 members of the Port Authority Police Department are available for search and rescue as well as support to airport security. Mayaguez reopened with restrictions on Thursday.

The team of Empire State experts includes 72 Port Authority emergency personnel, 53 state troopers and 10 generation experts who will assist with restoration of electricity on the island.

But if fuel was readily available, Alvarez said, goods could be efficiently delivered around the island and generators would reliably function, resolving numerous territory's most pressing concerns.

The companies did not respond to requests for comments.

According to Sanchez's office, almost 100 percent of Puerto Rico remains without power, and about 91 percent of cell sites are out of service.

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