America is sending care packages to Puerto Rico — and many are just too heavy

SAN JUAN – In San Juan’s post offices, it feels lately as though all of America has started sending care packages. And that’s a lot of work.

Thousands upon thousands of parcels have finally started pouring in on flights from the mainland. They are stuffed into giant silver containers, off-loaded at a special cargo area at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and driven to two processing facilities.

But since Hurricane Maria cut a terrible path across Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, the logistics of handling all the packages have been daunting.

U.S. Postal Service inspectors from as far away as Seattle have been flown in to help keep the cargo area secure from potential thieves. The backlog of packages is so great that the local post office wants to hire 100 temporary employees to help sort them. Adding to the work: It’s not uncommon for generators at the processing facilities to go out, plunging everyone into darkness. Miami Herald

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