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

October 21, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recovery officials announced that the Municipality of Ponce is now eligible for the Public Assistance program to help pay for emergency services and public facilities damaged by the September 21 - October 3 severe storms and flooding.
October 17, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- More than $5.6 million in disaster assistance has been approved for Puerto Rico residents in little more than two weeks.  More than 20,000 people have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to apply for grants and loans to cover damages related to severe storms and flooding September 21 - October 3.  Below is an update of disaster activity through the close of business on Thursday:
October 16, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- When floodwaters subside, one of the first things to float to the surface is the scam artist. Disaster officials warn residents of Puerto Rico to be wary of individuals who may try to take advantage of them as they are trying to restore their lives. After a disaster scam artists will try to get money from victims in many different ways.
October 15, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Disaster Recovery Centers in Maunabo, Patillas, Yabucoa, Salinas, Humacao, Guayama and Santa Isabel have closed temporarily pending weather conditions, to protect visitors and staff. The three other Disaster Recovery Centers - in Cabo Rojo, Lajas, and Ponce - have resumed their normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
October 15, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, PR -- As Hurricane Omar looms, disaster officials strongly encourage Puerto Rico residents to beware of flash flooding.? Since the ground is already saturated from severe storms and flooding from September 21 - October 3, the likelihood of flooding - especially flash floods - is very high.? All Puerto Rico residents should take steps to prepare their homes and families for possible damages from Hurricane Omar.? Substantial amounts of rain can lead to flash flooding, landslides, and debris flows. Follow these tips to keep you and your loved ones safe:?
October 14, 2008
News Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Disaster recovery officials warn island residents to listen to their local emergency managers and take precautions as Tropical Storm Omar nears Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. "Take steps to protect yourself and your family!" urged Federal Coordinating Officer Justo Hernandez, the top official for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Puerto Rico. "Omar will unleash a tremendous amount of rain. Do what you can now to protect your home, your business, your family and yourself."


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Preliminary Damage Assessment

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