SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico —
“Eventually, we’re going to be left without an airport,” he said.
Edgar Rodriguez, vice president of Puerto Rico’s Association of Engineers, said another problem is growing pressure on an aging drainage system that has not been properly maintained since it was built decades ago based on weather patterns that have since changed.
“We’re building and building and building, and no one’s analyzing the impact of that construction,” he said.
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.
Associated Press writer Peter Orsi in Havana contributed to this report.