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One Year After: Río Abajo Bridge in Utuado

Utuado, Puerto Rico, September 17, 2018 - On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, Hurricane María made landfall in Puerto Rico.  The heavy rain it brought caused rivers to overflow, and the strong water current destroyed everything in its path.  The bridge in Río Abajo, Utuado collapsed as the river overflowed.  Survivors were isolated and forced to devise a zip line to receive much needed commodities to people on the other side of the river.  FEMA obligated $4.7 million dollars from its Public Assistance program to build a new temporary bridge that allowed survivors to return to normalcy.  FEMA partners with federal agencies, state, local communities and municipalities to provide assistance to disaster survivors and local communities.

- Location: Utuado, PR
Video by Andrea Bajandas - Sep 17, 2018
Last Updated: December 16, 2018