‘We will recover,' residents tell WFTV's Nancy Alvarez 1 year after Hurricane Maria

One year ago, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, leaving devastation and chaos on the island.
On Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, knocking out power and killing more than 2,000 people.
Channel 9 anchor Nancy Alvarez was on the island with her family, talking to residents devastated by the storm. Almost one year later, members of one family told Nancy that they finally got a new roof.
Nancy walked through neighborhoods and noticed many homes still had blue tarps covering rooftops.
In August, Puerto Rico’s government said the official death toll was 2,975, according to CNN.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) admits failures occurred in its disaster response to Hurricane Maria, due in part to hurricanes Harvey and Irma hitting the U.S. mainland in the weeks before.
Hurricane Maria had an impact on Central Florida.
Many families have returned to their lives before the storm, but some never will.
Many who died were elderly or sick and suffered without power.
One year later, outages are still common across the island.
Nancy said 80 percent of power poles across the island were knocked down by Maria, and power poles were seen leaning and lines running on the ground. 
 “Does the power still go out here?” Nancy asked.
“Yeah, every day,” resident Michael Garcia asked.
A steady flow of tourists visit the island, and many residents said they are staying put, doing their part to rebuild the island they love.  

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We will recover. We will get back this shining star of the Caribbean that we call home. We will treasure her and do the best we can with what we have available,” resident Alex Pagan said.
In a Facebook post, Nancy wrote: “A reminder that this place and these people will NOT be defined by the headlines and hardships of this past year.

DAY ONE: spent time in a neighborhood FULL of homes with blue tarps. Met a family just getting a new roof THIS...

Posted by Nancy Alvarez, WFTV on Saturday, September 8, 2018

Day Two: A reminder that this place and these people will NOT be defined by the headlines and hardships of this past year. What a wonderful lesson for my kids. For all of us. Good night from San Juan. ❤️🇵🇷

Posted by Nancy Alvarez, WFTV on Sunday, September 9, 2018

On the road from San Juan to Juana Diaz. All this work made my field producer sleepy.... 😴 💤 WFTV #MyGirl ❤️🇵🇷

Posted by Nancy Alvarez, WFTV on Monday, September 10, 2018

#Isaac poses only the POSSIBILITY of an INDIRECT impact on Puerto Rico. BUT a named storm nearby is all it took for big crowds to line up for water today. Check out what we found at Costco... 🇵🇷 WFTV

Posted by Nancy Alvarez, WFTV on Monday, September 10, 2018

The beauty of this island and the remnants of #Maria... one year later. ❤️🇵🇷

Posted by Nancy Alvarez, WFTV on Tuesday, September 11, 2018