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What recovery looks like for a small, historic Puerto Rico town

San German's lights are mostly on, but the city's mayor says bureaucracy is slowing down progress.
A view of Porta Coeli in San German, Puerto Rico.
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Rebuilding plays a major role in economic recovery of the U.S. Virgin Islands

The territory's governor expects storm recovery and reconstruction to last four or five years.
Laura Forbes prepares to load cleaning supplies onto a ferry taking them to her mother St. Thomas more than a week after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Christiansted, St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. 
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Rebuilding or "building forward": A post-Harvey Houston

The city's chief recovery officer shares what the upcoming year might look like for Houston.
A woman paddles down a flooded road while shuttling deliveries for her neighbors during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. 
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Housing is still an issue in Santa Rosa's recovery from wildfires

The city lost 5 percent of its housing stock, the mayor says, and was struggling with a shortage before the fire.
Smoke billows from a neighborhood that was destroyed by a fast moving wild fire on Oct. 9, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California.
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Floridians wait for help and repairs after Irma

Dec 21, 2017
Low unemployment and a shortage of construction workers make for long waits to get storm repairs done.
The remains of a home destroyed by Hurricane Irma in Goodland, Florida, where the storm made landfall.
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Florida's uneven recovery from Hurricane Irma

Dec 21, 2017
Low-income communities face a long road ahead while in more affluent areas, homeowners can rely on insurance payouts to rebuild.

Managing mental health in the midst of disaster

Dec 15, 2017
A look at the cost of the impact of disasters on mental health — and the people who's job it is to help.
An inmate firefighter monitors flames as a house burns in the Napa wine region in California on October 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region. 
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Puerto Rico’s hurricane damage derails debt repayment plan

Dec 12, 2017
Economists say the island is economically crippled for the foreseeable future.