When Hurricane Maria flooded Andres Reyes’ home in Cidra, Puerto Rico, he stayed on the property for as long as he could. The island’s central mountainous region, where Reyes had lived for 37 years, had been badly hit. Reyes slept inside his home for one month as the water receded and, when he contracted a bacterial infection, he moved outside for two months.
“I would take my pillow, my blanket — my cousin gave me a little foam mattress,” he said. “I would roll it out, put it there and I would sleep in the car.”