Today, the City Council is urging residents to support communities affected by natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Texas, Florida and elsewhere. Council members voted unanimously in favor of the resolution, which also calls on residents to support relief efforts.
Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, killing at least 48 people. Damage estimates are as high as $85 billion. A month after the storm, about 80 percent of the island is still without electricity, and about 30 percent of residents have no clean drinking water. Approximately 11,000 Minnesota residents have ties to Puerto Rico.
On Sept. 19, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico, causing damages to the states of Puebla, Morelos and Oaxaca, as well as in the greater Mexico City area. At least 369 people were killed.
Hurricane Maria, along with Hurricane Harvey and Irma, also caused extensive damage to other communities, including Texas and Florida.