Puerto Rico's offices in DC flooded with desperate calls

Puerto Rico's representative in Congress has an office in D.C. That office is ground central for the mainland effort to help on the island and emotions are running high, according to our reporter Scott Broom.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Desperate callers are flooding the phone lines at the Government of Puerto Rico's Federal Affairs Administration office in Washington.

Most are worried citizens trying to make contact with relatives in vast areas of the island where communications and electricity are down.

RELATED: Maria Makes Landfall in Puerto Rico

The Washington office has become a clearing house for government information as much of the territory and local government on the island are dealing with the immediate crisis cause by Hurricane Maria.  

PRFAA staffers are taking names and numbers and developing plans to check the welfare of people who remain incommunicado or missing as the island begins to recover.

Meanwhile the D.C. office is working to coordinate relief efforts from the mainland to the island. As of Wednesday afternoon, a web portal and phone number were in the works.



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