Puerto Rico Flooding (DR-1372)
Incident period: May 6, 2001 to May 11, 2001
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 16, 2001
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
May 21, 2001
San Juan, PR -- Federal Coordinating Officer Justo Hernández wants to remind Puerto Rico residents affected by the May floods in the declared municipalities that the only way to receive Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance funds is to call the teleregistration number at 1-800-462-9029. The special line for hearing or-speech impaired persons is 1-800-462-7585. The registration number has Spanish and English speaking operators available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
May 16, 2001
Washington, DC -- Federal disaster aid was made available today for families and businesses in Puerto Rico victimized by floods that struck the island's southwestern region beginning early last week, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said President Bush authorized the assistance after a review of the agency's analysis of the commonwealth's request for federal relief. The President's major disaster declaration covers damage to private property from severe storms, flooding and mudslides that started May 6.