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Continued: Puerto Rico battles spike in rains, with weather records broken and neighborhoods flooded

  • Article by: DANICA COTO , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 31, 2013 - 9:41 PM

Rodriguez noted that the island is financially strapped. It's struggling to emerge from a seven-year recession and is battling a $1.2 billion budget deficit and $69 billion in public debt. But he said the infrastructure could collapse without better planning and improved drainage systems.

"We live on a tropical island in the Caribbean, and rain is something you can bet on," he said.

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