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St. Paul officers won't be going to Puerto Rico to help with hurricane recovery efforts

They'd planned to leave over the weekend.

Members of the St. Paul Police Department won't be going to Puerto Rico after all. 

The agency tweeted Sunday that 10 of its officers will no longer be going to the island to help with hurricane recovery efforts. They'd planned to leave over the weekend.

The officers had volunteered to spend two weeks in Puerto Rico after the Federal Emergency Management Agency requested help from Spanish-speaking officers across the U.S. 

St. Paul Police spokesperson Steve Linders told the Pioneer Press the officers were disappointed they'll no longer be traveling to Puerto Rico to help, but added the department remains ready to assist in "any way we can." 

The 3.4 million residents of Puerto Rico are American citizens and many of them are struggling to get food and water. Fuel and medical supplies are in short supply, too. 

For more on the island's devastation, check out this CNN story, which describes recovery efforts as a "nightmare." 

If you're looking to help, you can do so by sending money, donating goods or volunteering. To learn more, click here

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