'My corazón breaks for them' Red Cross volunteer leaves for Puerto Rico

  • 'My corazón breaks for them' Red Cross volunteer leaves for Puerto Rico

'My corazón breaks for them' Red Cross volunteer leaves for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico remains without power, except for generators, and phone service is spotty, as officials struggle to provide food and water to those affected by the worst storm to hit the island of 3.4 million in almost a century. As debris is cleared, the focus is now on getting running water and electricity to hospitals.

"What's really bothering us is we know planes are coming in and out and we don't know how to get on them", she says.

On Tuesday, the Trump administration denied a request to waive shipping restrictions to help get fuel and supplies to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, saying it would do nothing to address the island's damaged ports, the main impediment to shipping. Their father happened to run into NBC News reporter Gabe Gutierrez, who was covering the devastation in Isabella, Puerto Rico for a special report.

"Of course, we knew at that point that Maria was heading that direction, and we were kinda like, 'are you sure you want to go?'" Skeens recounted.

Every person escaping the island of Puerto Rico had a unique story.

"I've seen the videos".

The fiscal collapse has effectively shut down Puerto Rico's access to the USA bond market, promising to make it more hard for it to borrow to rebuild. "The small MREs that they're given at the station, my nephew and his mom both hand them out to people in the street rather than keep them for themselves", McKay said. More than 150 patients have also already been evacuated from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to the mainland, according to FEMA. "We are proud to be part of taking care of people when they need it most".

Eighteen round-trip commercial passenger flights are scheduled Wednesday, according to the company that manages the airport.

Delays in bringing the goods to those in need has been frustrating and saddening to many people. "We will be better".

"Oh, I'm real happy, real thankful", Roland Wallace said.

"Puerto Rico is under a humanitarian crisis", he said on Instagram.