20,000 pallets of water bottles found unused on Puerto Rico runway


Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20 2017.Initial figures from authorities recorded 64 deaths however last month the U.S. territory estimated the death toll stood at 2,975, making it the deadliest storm to have hit Puerto Rico since the 1899 San Ciriaco hurricane.

The president, criticizing Puerto Rico for having aging infrastructure before the storm that exacerbated problems with the energy grid, added that "we've gotten a lot of receptivity, a lot of thanks for the job we've done in Puerto Rico". Texas, we've been given A-pluses for.

Trump has eschewed any blame for the slow response to the island and the death of hundreds if not thousands of Americans, blaming Puerto Rico's electrical grid. Florida, we've been given A-plusses for.

The General Services Administration in Puerto Rico (GSA) says it requested FEMA's inventory of excess water through a federal program on April 17 and was given approval to use the supplies on April 26.

There is no indication Trump raised "billions" to help rebuild the island and the government's Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) has said its response was strained after responding to two other major hurricanes weeks before Maria.

Abdiel Santana, a member of a Puerto Rican police agency tasked with emergency response, shared photos on Facebook of a vast number of boxes covered in blue tarp on an airport runway.

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The bottles were reportedly provided by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency and turned over to the central government previous year, according to CBS News correspondent David Begnaud, who first reported on the revelation.

"I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success", Trump said.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz told CNN on Tuesday night that Trump "just keeps adding insult to injury". "We are totally prepared". "We are ready for the big one that is coming!"

Florence is nearing the Carolina coast with powerful winds and drenching rain.

Santana told CBS that he also took pictures of the water bottles last fall, although he has not posted them.

To hasten evacuations in SC, officials reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so all major roads led away from the shore.