Pelosi-led delegation to Puerto Rico vows to expedite recovery efforts

Rep. Dwight Evans encourages Philadelphians to "stay woke" on the issue.

Andrew Kramer
July 28, 2018 - 9:44 am
Trees remained damaged and destroyed on the edge of a lake and blue FEMA tarps covered rooftops more than seven months after Hurricane Maria, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in Villalba, Puerto Rico.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's been almost a year since Hurricanes Irma and Harvey — then followed by Hurricane Maria, which wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico. In an effort to see how recovery efforts are going, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is visiting Puerto Rico along with a congressional delegation.

It's been a busy few days for members of the delegation, which includes Rep. Dwight Evans, since arriving in Puerto Rico.

"We basically went around and talked to people to see how things are moving," Evans said.

They met with Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, FEMA representatives and many volunteers.

"These people are working literally around the clock trying to put Puerto Rico back to where it was and make it even better in the 21st century," he added.

Evans noted the loss of electricity continues to be the toughest obstacle, something he doesn't want Philadelphians to put in the back of their minds.

"Don't give up paying attention to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands," he said. "Now that it's not on the front page of the newspaper or isn't the leading story on television and radio, it was a very appropriate time for us to come here."

Now about two months into the hurricane season of 2018, Evans believes Puerto Rico is as prepared as possible. 

Although some progress has been made this past year, he encourages the public to "stay woke" on the community and "pay attention."

"All of a sudden people start rallying when there's a crisis but we're here because there's some serious work that has to be done," he said. "Puerto Rico deserves to have attention paid to them."