FEMA says it is not cutting off aid to Puerto Rico

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press
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Roofs ripped off houses in San Juan, Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria slammed into the city on September 20, 2017.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it is not cutting off food and water supplies to Puerto Rico despite reports that it intended to do so.

FEMA spokesman William Booher told The Associated Press that the agency had been evaluating whether enough stores and supermarkets had reopened by Jan. 31 to justify ending distribution of food and water to municipal governments on the island. He said that decision had not actually been taken but officials mistakenly made the date public this week.

Booher said FEMA is in the process of winding down food and water distribution as stores and markets come back online, but will continue to distribute aid to needy towns for the foreseeable future.

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