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Southern residents battle flooding

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - Tropical Storm 11-W may well be on its way away from the Marianas, but the heavy rainfall it brought to the island has resulted in isolated flooding especially for parts of the south. Merizo Mayor Ernest Chargualaf says one such area is the Barcinas housing. "When it rains in the mountain area the rain starts to collect and starts to gush out here," he explained.

The mayor and his crew reported to the site at 2:30 this morning to find that a ditch had overflowed and flooded nearby residents. He continued, "The problem is when they designed the bridge here they put a compartment as you can see there's two compartments here; what happens here now is when the debris come here it dams up."

Flooding didn't just occur there, but also on Espinosa Avenue and Quinene Road. Meteorologist Chip Guard of the National Weather Service isn't surprised by Merizo's frequent flooding, saying, "We've raised the roads to keep them from flooding, but we didn't raise the houses around the roads now the water runs off. And so people living in low lying areas are going to be susceptible to flooding."

Guard says Tropical Storm 11-W is 550 miles west of Guam and will not pose a threat to Guam. He does expect that heavy rains and wind will persist throughout the week, especially at night. "Stay out of the water the south and west parts of the island are going to be pretty dangerous and the winds are going to be fairly strong," he warned.

Residents should be advised there is a high surf warning and small craft advisory in effect for Guam.

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