Peterborough man heads to Puerto Rico to clean up

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:34AM

A local man – with the help of some local sponsors – has taken his talents to Puerto Rico to help clean up after Hurricane Maria. 

“What I'm doing right now is working on mold, lead and asbestos remediation so people can get back into their homes after the flood,” said Nate Grant of Peterborough. Grant arrived in Puerto Rico on Saturday after a few weeks collecting donated equipment and medical supplies and searching for a flight that would allow him to carry all that baggage to the hurricane site. He began work in San Juan almost immediately.

“It's pretty miserable.” Grant said, “There are people sleeping in the streets. The middle of the island is devastated as is the west end.” 

Grant said he is staying in one of the few hotels that still have undamaged rooms, the outer walls surrounded by federal agents carrying machine guns to keep out marauding  robbers. Visitors to the island are not encouraged to venture out at night, he said, due to a huge spike in armed robberies. Plus, most of the island is still without power and will be for some time.

“There are just slivers or splinters of light,” Grant said of the city streets. “The entire city is dark  – it's very eerie.”

Aside from his remediation work, Grant is delivering supplies donated from local businesses. He’s handed out 300 tubes of toothpaste from Dr. Ainsley’s office and a load of conjunctivitis medicine from Dr. Gordon. 

For those wishing to contribute to the relief effort, Grant is receiving packages at  The Caribe Hilton c/o Nate Grant, 1 Calle San Gerónimo, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico.