Two Colorado-based companies sending aid to Puerto Rico in wake of Hurricane Maria

Posted at 5:00 PM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-28 20:49:44-04

DENVER -- Two Colorado-based companies are helping with relief efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.  

Denver-based Frontier Airlines and Longmont-based Oskar Blues Brewery are producing and transporting more than 20,000 cans of water to be flown to San Juan in the next 24 hours.

"I think we do take it for granted, we have clean accessible drinking water all over and you don't imagine what life would be like without having that, you know turn on the faucet," said Diana Ralston of the Can’d Aid foundation.  

But getting the water to Puerto Rico is a challenge. That's where Denver-based Frontier Airlines comes into play.

"So what we're doing is moving this water down to Orlando and then to San Juan on a special hurricane relief flight," said Frontier Airlines spokesperson Richard Oliver.

There's a good chance some of the flights to Puerto Rico will be empty so the jets can carry more water and enough fuel to get back home.

"We'll have about an hour on the ground there to get the water off and load the passengers up and get them back to the mainland U.S.," said Oliver.

But the challenge won't end there. Getting supplies from the airport to people in need has been tough. Yet this effort is a start.

"We're all sort hardwired to do what we can, when we can," said Ralston.

The goal is to get water on the ground in Puerto Rico in the next 24 hours. The relief flights will continue indefinitely.


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