Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi said Monday that the New York governor will send 100 first responders to assist with recovery efforts after Hurricane Fiona, as soon as weather permits travel. New Jersey and California's governors have also pledged to send help, he said.
FEMA has 400 officials on the island currently dedicated to Hurricane Fiona recovery, Pierluisi said, adding that he plans to request a disaster declaration from President Joe Biden. The President approved an emergency declaration for the storm on Sunday.
"We're not there yet, we're still in recovery mode," Biden said.
Rain from Fiona caused more widespread flooding across the island than when Hurricane Maria hit in 2017, Puerto Rico officials said at a briefing on Monday.
There are 2,146 people and 254 pets being housed in 113 shelters as of Monday, said the governor. Officials have had up to 2,300 people in shelters in the past, said Pierluisi.