Washington DC - This week the American Society of Civil Engineers released a report noting that Puerto Rico's dams, bridges and other infrastructure need $13 to $23 billion in repairs over the next 10 years. The group highlighted that due to "deferred maintenance and hurricane-related recovery projects, the investment gap is even larger."
"Before the hurricanes hit two years ago, Puerto Rico's roads, bridges and electrical grid were already in disrepair because of the island's debt crisis," stated Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious development group Jubilee USA. LeCompte's organization focused on Puerto Rico debt and disaster policies since 2014. "Now that even approved federal disaster monies are not reaching the island, the situation in Puerto Rico feels bleak."
In 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Of about $50 billion federally approved for recovery, less than $20 billion reached the US Territory.
Read the report from the American Society of Civil Engineers here