Coast Guard continues efforts to deliver aid to Puerto Rican communities impacted by Hurricane Maria

A child stands in what is left of his house in Utuado, Puerto Rico, which was almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Maria Oct. 12, 2017. Despite the land slides in the area and cut-off road ways, the joint team of Coast Guard, Army, and Puerto Rico "Hacienda" delivered FEMA relief supplies consisting of five pallets of food and three of water to local residents in the area. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios.

A child stands in what is left of his house in Utuado, Puerto Rico, which was almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Maria Oct. 12, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard, FEMA, U.S. Army and Puerto Rico “Hacienda” personnel combined efforts throughout the week to deliver water and thousands of meals to local towns and isolated affected regions as part of ongoing Hurricane Maria relief efforts on the island.

“The Coast Guard continues to work with FEMA, DOD, volunteer organizations and local partners in the response following Hurricane Maria,” said Capt. Eric King, Coast Guard Hurricane Maria Incident Commander. “I could not be prouder of our cutter, boat, aircraft, and ground crews who have spent the last several weeks working day and night to conduct search and rescue, open ports and bring relief to hurricane stricken areas by air, land and sea.”

In a second mission to Utuado, a combined team of CGIS and Coast Guard Health Services personnel went to conduct an assessment for a potential medevac of a local citizen. After treating the patient on scene, the team was redirected to an area where the roads had been washed out and access for transportation vehicles had been cut off. The Coast Guard team hiked through the difficult terrain and gained access to an isolated community, where they were able to deliver water to over 70 families.

Hurricane Maria relief in Utuado, Puerto Rico

A convoy comprised of Coast Guard Investigative Service, Coast Guard TACLET South, Army Reserve personnel and Hacienda law enforcement officers traveled to the municipality of Utuado, Puerto Rico, located in the central mountainous region of the island, which had been heavily impacted by Hurricane Maria Oct. 12, 2017. Despite the land slides in the area and cut-off road ways, the joint team delivered FEMA relief supplies consisting of five pallets of food and three of water to local residents in the area. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios.

Hurricane Maria relief in Utuado, Puerto Rico

Members of the Coast Guard, FEMA, U.S. Army and Puerto Rico “Hacienda” deliver water and meals to local residents of Utuado, Puerto Rico, as part of ongoing Hurricane Maria relief efforts Oct. 12, 2017. Despite the land slides in the area and cut-off road ways, the joint team delivered FEMA relief supplies consisting of five pallets of food and three of water to local residents in the area. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios.

For more imagery and video of the Hurricane Maria response, please visit our Hurricane Maria Flickr page.

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