Exposures: Puerto Rico in the Dark

“I had spent years repairing the roof, spent $4,000 on it, but Maria came in and tore open the zinc like the lid off a tin can,” she told me. FEMA declared her house a total loss.

Ilda Sánchez and Alberto Luquis found a crocodile in their flooded house in Caño Martín Peña, a Santurce neighborhood of the working poor who settled along a canal that once nourished mangroves.


Ilda Sanchez 56, with her husband Alberto Luquis, 62. During the hurricane they found a dead six-foot long alligator in their backyard. The house was also under water up to his chest, and the roof had been blown away.

Joseph Rodriguez for The New York Times

The neighborhood was precarious…

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