Local Puerto Rican woman reacts to hurricane

Jenny Fenderson has been waiting by the phone every day for the past two weeks, hoping to hear from her family.

"They don't have cell phone service, or telephones," she explains. "And I keep, dialing every day, hoping that, you know, something's going to happen. But it hasn't happened... all this time."

Fenderson is from Puerto Rico. She was born in a little town called Humacao. Humacao was one of the towns directly hit by Hurricane Maria more than ten days ago.

She remembers experiencing hurricanes when she lived in Puerto Rico, but says nothing from her childhood compares to these storms.

"It has never happened like it did this time," she says. "And no one expected it. No one was prepared for the damages that the flooding, and the amount of water from the storm."

Fenderson's sister, Rosin, and her brother-in-law are still in Puerto Rico with her nieces and nephews, and she has extended family across the island. She's received one message from her sister, letting her know the immediate family was okay. But she still hasn't heard from her distant relatives.

She's frustrated with the lack of help her home country is getting from the United States. She believes Puerto Rico's existing debt is keeping the U.S. Government from stepping in and doing more to help.

"I have a feeling that they're holding that against us. And... why? You know? There is no explanation for it! All you have to do is make sure the human beings are safe! The children! The older people! You know, the people that needed medications, hospital care," she says as she wrings her hands worriedly.

She says she's been worrying a lot the past two weeks. Until more help can come to her home country, she says she'll keep waiting, hoping, and praying for good news.

"Wring your fingers and get nervous and get upset, and listen for the phone and listen to what the news has been bringing that day... there's not much else I can do."

Fenderson says she's planning to head down to Puerto Rico as soon as it's safe for travel. In the meantime, she'll be gathering supplies and medicine to send her family as soon as she knows they're all okay.


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