DHMC specialist headed to help in Puerto Rico

LEBANON, N.H. (WCAX) Puerto Rico's governor says the territory needs more help dealing with the humanitarian crisis left in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

It has been five days since the storm made landfall and the majority of the 3.4 million U.S. citizens are still without power. On the northwestern corner of the island, officials worry a 90-year-old dam is in danger of breaching after Maria dropped more than 15 inches of rain. Some 70,000 people were warned of flash flooding.

Power has been restored to the main medical center on the island.

A safety and occupational health specialist from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is flying to Puerto Rico to help with relief efforts. Wes Miller is going as a volunteer with the Red Cross.

"It is a real challenge for the poor folks who are down there that are trying to make their way through this and hopefully with the efforts that we are bringing down there, we can help it move a little further in a better direction for them," Miller said.

Miller has a background in emergency management and recently helped organize a disaster training boot camp at DHMC. He will be in Puerto Rico for three weeks.