Local families worry about their loved ones in Puerto Rico after the hurricane

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(WFSB) – Most of Puerto Rico is still without power after Hurricane Fiona slammed into the island over the weekend.

It has been nearly five years to the day since Hurricane Maria caused widespread devastation and flooding.

This hurricane prompted many families to move to Connecticut to rebuild their lives.

Eyewitness News spoke with local members of the Puerto Rican community who are worried about their loved ones still on the island.

Freddie Morales is one of the lucky ones. He speaks with his sister who still lives in Puerto Rico.

Despite the massive power outage on the island by Hurricane Fiona, Morales was able to make sure she was okay.

“They had a lot of water,” Morales said. “I was watching the news last night, it was bad out there.”

Others try to find information wherever they can.

“Everyone who came in today still talked about the worry that you know there’s a lady that she can’t communicate with her daughter that she’s been trying on since yesterday,” said Aida Carrero, site manager at Casa Boricua.

The owners of Casa Boricua in Meriden said that several years ago they organized donation campaigns for those affected by Hurricane Maria. They said one of the big issues was ensuring that all donations actually reached the people who needed them most.

“You just didn’t know where things were going,” Carrero said.

Carrero said that if the nonprofit organizes another fundraiser for Fiona’s victims, it will likely collect money on physical supplies.

“I would have someone bring it over there and manage it over there,” Carrero said. “We just pray and hope it’s not so bad this time.”

Reports of damaged roads, communities and lives do not just weigh on adults.

“Cars driving away are scary for children,” said James Jones, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of New Britain.

Jones said they support children who need to relive memories from the past.

“We have a lot of kids who moved to Connecticut after Hurricane Maria and they just had to pack up and go,” Jones said.

They also help them through times of uncertainty, trying to reach loved ones on the island.

“We’re going for a walk, just checking in with our kids,” Jones said. “It’s not knowing what’s going on that bothers kids the most.”


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