ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – More than 90 members of the Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District have deployed to hurricane disaster sites since September.
One of them, civil engineer Cynthia Rodriguez, is just back from her native Puerto Rico which took a direct hit from Hurricane Maria.
“I was part of the first group that got there, it was right after the hurricanes. It was really shocking to see,” he says.
Rodriguez, who’s bi-lingual, dealt directly with families to learn their most basic needs, and she helped put up plastic sheeting over badly-damaged homes as part of Operation Blue Roof.
“It’s not supposed to last forever, but it gives the home, the people the ability to go back to their house without getting themselves wet, and at least move back,” he says.
In the nearly three months since Maria devastated Puerto Rico, more than 18 thousand blue roofs have been put into place.