Puerto Rico Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1798)

Incident period: September 21, 2008 to October 3, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 1, 2008

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

November 12, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- A Disaster Recovery Center will open in Las Piedras on Friday, November 14th, giving residents affected by the severe storms and flooding from September 21 through October 3, an opportunity to talk to disaster assistance experts face to face. Starting Friday, the Disaster Recovery Center will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday - Saturday, until further notice. The Disaster Recovery Center will be located at:
November 11, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has made available mental health services to those affected by the severe storms and flooding of September 21 to October 3, 2008. The services are being provided through the Mental Health & Anti-Addiction Services Administration (MHAASA).
November 11, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- Residents living or working in the municipalities of Arroyo, Cabo Rojo, Guánica, Guayanilla, Gurabo, Juncos, Lajas, Peñuelas, San Lorenzo, Villalba, and Yauco may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of the severe storms and flooding of September 21 - October 3. The deadline to apply for this type of assistance is November 17, 2008.  
November 10, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and federal recovery officials announced today that the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) will remain open on Tuesday, November 11, 2008, Veteran's Day holiday. The hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The FEMA registration line, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) and the website, www.fema.gov, will also be available for those who need to register or have questions about their applications. The DRC's are located in the following municipalities:
November 7, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Federal and Commonwealth recovery officials announced today that more than $16 million in disaster aid has been approved for Puerto Rico residents in the form of grants to cover damages related to severe storms and flooding which occurred September 21 - October 3.  Below is an update of disaster activity through the close of business on Thursday, November 6, 2008.
November 6, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Disaster recovery officials have announced today that the municipalities of Las Piedras and Naguabo were designated disaster declared areas, making their residents eligible for disaster assistance. The assistance will help homeowners, renters and businesses recover from the effects of the storms and flooding which occurred from September 21 to October 3, 2008.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Puerto Rico, FEMA-1798-DR (PDF 25KB)
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