Hurricane Maria

A photo of Isaiah Butchart and his classmates practicing painting the mural they'll paint in a Puerto Rican elementary school when they travel to the island to volunteer over their spring break.
ASHTON MARRA / IDEASTREAM

A group of Cleveland students and teachers are headed to Puerto Rico to aid in recovery efforts, six months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. 

The group of six students and four educators from Lincoln-West High School will spend a week in southern Puerto Rico, volunteering at a local elementary school and orphanage.

photo of Akron Children's Hospital in Boardman, OH
Akron Children's Hospital

Hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico, along with tragedies  like the mass shooting in Las Vegas and California’s wildfires may be affecting healthcare in northeast Ohio.

Supplies of IV fluids, the bags they’re hung in and related gear are dwindling in some area hospitals. Catastrophic events of late have increased the demand for the products at the same time key manufacturing plants that make them in Puerto Rico are struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria.  

Puerto Rico aftermath
WIKIMEDIA

More than two months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, a handful of the Big 8 school districts in Ohio say they’re seeing an influx of students in their public schools.

photo of Bienvenidos a Cleveland
CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Tri-C has launched a website to aid Puerto Rican families relocating to the Northeast Ohio area after Hurricane Maria. The website provides links to services like health, childcare, education and housing.

Magda Gómez is Cuyahoga Community College's director of diversity and inclusion.

photo of Dan Ramos
DAN RAMOS

Northeast Ohio’s Puerto Rican community is welcoming children displaced by Hurricane Maria, and trying to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Almost 200 children have come to Cleveland and Lorain from Puerto Rico, and more are expected before the end of the year.

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