The leveling of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria is personal to the employees of Durham School Services. More than half of them are Puerto Rican. The normal driving schedule at the school bus company in Waterbury is 6am to 9am and then again from 1pm to 5pm. But it’s what they do in-between and after work that is less about the routine and more about helping out back at home.
Ruben Zapata was surrounded by school buses and pallets full of bottled water, diapers, and other supplies. They unloaded a bunch already, but they still have 11 buses to go. For them, it’s hard to keep up.