Puerto Rico to Hurricane-Hit Homeowners: Move If You Want Aid

By Anonymous

Residents can get federal assistance only if they leave flood-prone areas

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—The Puerto Rican government is taking a hard line on rebuilding properties decimated by last year’s Hurricane Maria, offering homeowners federal financial assistance only if they move out of flood-prone areas.

Government officials say they don’t want to rebuild communities on land that is vulnerable to soil erosion, chronic flooding and destruction from future storms.