A new report indicates that nearly one million water bottles were dropped off for delivery at an airport in Puerto Rico over a year ago, but were never distributed by local authorities.

A photographer working for a local police precinct noticed the water still abandoned on a runway and snapped aerial photos. The massive heap of bottled water looks like a sea unto itself, with a large blue tarp partially covering a majority of the stockpile.

The photographer, Abdiel Santana, shared the images on social media, reporting that “Although you don’t believe it … almost a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the village … in front of hurricane Maria’s emergency.”

CBS News correspondent David Begnaud confirmed the findings with FEMA who indicated the bottled water was delivered to a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, meant to be delivered to locals in the area.

 

“The water was kept in an area that was pretty hard-hit during the storm and could have used all the water they could have gotten,” Begnaud reported.

He added that the water had been turned over to the central government in Puerto Rico, according to FEMA representatives. It is believed to have been delivered to the General Services Administration (GSA) which has an office in San Juan, just over 30 miles from Ceiba.

 

Chef José Andrés, who was widely praised for his efforts to help cook and distribute food after the hurricane claims he and his crew knew about the water, but were told it couldn’t be used and were forced to buy their own.

“My teams … knew about it but first they will say no we can not use them, months later water was no good for human consumption,” Andrés claimed.

“We were ‘buying’ water because they wouldn’t give it to us.”

He demanded “an official independent investigation” by the governor of Puerto Rico.

The shocking discovery comes amidst a spat between President Trump, who believes his administration did a far better job of handling the disaster than has been reported and the Mayor of San Juan, whose city is home to one GSA office and who believes the President is to blame for a shoddy response.

 

Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz responded, “Success? Federal response according to Trump in Puerto Rico a success? If he thinks the death of 3,000 people [is] a success God help us all.”

The images above certainly bolster Trump’s assertions and the onus is on Cruz to figure out who gave the stand down order on water distribution.

A CNBC report in October of 2017 shows President Trump insisting that water was being delivered to the island but it wasn’t being dispersed to the people who needed it most by the local government.

Trump, according to the report, “said that food and water had been brought to Puerto Rico, but it wasn’t being distributed by local people.”

Is this a repeat of Hurricane Katrina when Democrat lawmakers kept resources from the people, allowing the media to destroy Bush for not doing his part? Where was Cruz in all of this? Why did the GSA not distribute the water?

Perhaps had she spent less time posing for cameras with her “nasty” woman t-shirt, she could have looked into where nearly one million bottles of water went after it was delivered.

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