It wasn’t easy getting the true numbers when it comes to how much U.S. aid has gone to Puerto Rico two years after their double hurricanes.
The results of my investigation are summarized in the table and chart below.
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Also included in this post is the text of my Full Measure investigation from Puerto Rico and a link to the video.
Watch the video of the investigation by clicking the link below. Transcripts in both English and Spanish follow.
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Imagine having the task of distributing the most aid money ever for a natural disaster responsibly to a government mired in corruption and under FBI investigation. That’s what’s happening right now in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico two years after two hurricanes, Maria and Irma. You have $91 billion reasons to care. That’s how much of your tax money is intended for recovery. Today, we go to Puerto Rico to follow the hurricane money and the fraud.
In the small Puerto Rican village of Corozal Brenda Rodriguez is still waiting for help. She recorded the frightening rise of the river outside her doorstep during Hurricane Maria.
Sharyl - River
Sharyl: What were you thinking when you saw the river coming up like that?
Brenda: That I was going to die and that the house would fall apart.
Years - Rodriguez - Rotted-out - Home - Penny
Two years later, Rodriguez still lives in the rotted-out home without a penny of the billions earmarked for hurricane recovery. She was surprised to learn she wasn’t eligible for assistance because she doesn’t own the house.
Brenda: A young man came around and gave me an application to fill and that’s it.
Sharyl - Mainland - USgovernment - Lot - Money
Sharyl: The mainland U.S.government gave a lot of money to the territory of Puerto Rico for hurricane recovery.
Rodriguez’s sister is on the phone helping translate.
Sharyl - Funds - Community
Sharyl: Has she seen any of those funds they sent being used to help around your community?
Brenda: I haven’t seen...
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