Family now in Berks shares story of fleeing Puerto Rico

READING, Pa. - Families from Puerto Rico are moving to Berks County to start over after losing everything to Hurricane Maria.

The families, like Carmen Moreno's, have stories of heartbreak and resilience. Moreno lived in Arroyo, in the southeastern part of the island.

After the heartbreaking moment she heard her youngest daughter telling her how to ration food after the storm, she decided to accept a friend's invitation to come to Reading.

Moreno, her three children, and their dog, Max, arrived last Friday. She said their flight was originally booked for October 4, but because of delays and curfews, it was pushed back more than two weeks.

She said the hurricane devastated her home, breaking windows, taking down doors, and flooding multiple rooms. Moreno said when the hurricane ripped through her house, it sounded like an explosion. She said her youngest daughter is now traumatized by loud sounds.

Moreno was not able to contain her tears as she told 69 News that the hardest part of coming to Reading was leaving her mother behind. She's looking for a job and an apartment so her mother can join her.

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