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>> When two category five hurricanes barreled through the US Virgin Islands this past September, they not only destroyed homes and power lines, but put the US territory in serious financial jeopardy. Already struggling with not enough cash to run its government, before the hurricanes. The US Virgin Islands, was the first area affected by September storms to accept a community disaster loan from FIMA, but that money will just keep the lights on, and public workers paid, for the next few weeks.
The territory is still waiting on a massive $81 billion eight package, under consideration by Congress, to help rebuild areas hit by last year's hurricanes, wild fires and floods. Reuters correspondent Robbin Respo was in
].>> Officials here hope that the Federal Government will pay billions of dollars to help rebuild the two damaged public hospitals.
Many of the condemned schools and other government buildings that were destroyed in the storm.>> The island of St. lost four elementary schools, all three middle schools and all but one gymnasium. Students receive only four hours of classroom time daily in order to squeeze everyone into the remaining building.
At the health department of St. Croix patients and staffs no longer enter the building. Water damage from Hurricane Maria, fostered mold making it unsafe to be indoors, the island also needs money to rebuild its electric grid, bury more power lines on the ground, and to invest in renewable energy