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Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm with deadly flooding expected as troops remain in position to continue disaster relief missions. The Defense Department had troops and equipment already assisting authorities in the region that has seen two other powerful hurricanes, Irma and Jose, in recent weeks.

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YAUCO, Puerto Rico -- Wilmel Varela, right, the Resident Engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers construction and military projects in Puerto Rico, surveys the levee construction underway in Yauco, Puerto Rico, Nov. 6, 2017. Varela, along with a team of engineers and support staff, worked long hours in order to expedite the levee project after the Yauco river burst over its banks into the Lucchetti community, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of residents. After an in-depth review of bidding documents, the Corps released the project for quote, received bids, reviewed and awarded the contract, and had construction crews in place within four days. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Evan Lane, 65th Press Camp Headquarters)
Army Corps of Engineers Builds Levee in Puerto Rico Story

A longshoreman directs a truck onto the USNS Brittin (T-AKR-305) Oct. 29, 2017, at Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station, S.C. As the first shipment makes its way through the Atlantic Ocean, FEMA’s cargo receiving efforts continue at the installation support base here in preparation for future sealifts. As the recovery efforts continue, the deliveries will begin to shift from essentials to the equipment and supplies required to rebuild the damaged infrastructure.
Partnership Enables Sealift Relief Efforts for Puerto Rico Story

Airmen with the 156th Airlift Wing deliver water and meals to La Resurrecion del Señor church in the municipality of Canovanas, Puerto Rico, Oct. 31, 2017. The Puerto Rico Air National Guard has teamed up with the Foundation for Puerto Rico to deliver supplies to at-risk populations throughout the island. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez
Officials Detail DoD Support During Unprecedented Hurricane Season Story

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