‘A point of desperation' | Md. woman fears for family, friends in Puerto Rico

A Maryland woman with family in Puerto Rico said trying to rescue her loved ones has been a nightmare.

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MD. (WUSA9) - A Maryland woman with family in Puerto Rico said trying to rescue her loved ones has been a nightmare.

She said they have no power, cell phone service is down in most places, and supplies are running out. 

“Close your eyes,” Marie Vazquez Lopez said. “Imagine yourself in an island with no communication, no water, with no food, with nothing. How are you going to survive?”

Vazquez Lopez said this situation has been emotional.

She also responded to President Donald Tump's initial criticism of Puerto Rico's debt and old infrastructure.

“I understand about the debt, but I understand also that they need help right now. We're losing lives. We have to prioritize to help those human beings. Not because they're Puerto Rican-- humans who are going through a lot right now,” Vazquez Lopez said.

It has been tough to communicate with family members because cell towers and power lines are down.  

During WUSA9’s interview with Vazquez Lopez she got a call from her sister.

“Oh my God! I didn't know this. She says it's a curfew,” Vazquez Lopez translated for her sister. “It's a curfew from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am. She feels very insecure and very unsafe. People are taking gas out of other cars to steal from other cars. She's afraid. She feels scared at night especially because it's coming to a point of desperation.”

Marie Vazquez Lopez was able to find a flight for her mother, who uses a wheelchair, and other family members.

They are expected to arrive in the DC-area on Tuesday evening.

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