By Caitlin Dickerson

November 13, 2017

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SAN JUAN, P.R. - Her memories of the storm came in flashes: neighbors'

screams, gushing water, swimming against the current with her son.

 

 

For Milagros Serrano Ortiz, a 37-year-old grandmother with long, curly hair,

the nightmare did not end there. After two days of sheltering upstairs in a

house across the street, she returned home to find the walls caked with mud

and a vile stench emanating from her cherished possessions, which were

rotting in the heat.