by Nick Delgado
Guam - Friday's heavy rain was a major problem for island residents who were either stuck due to closed roads blocked by flooding or simply had their homes flooded. And according to weather officials, it seems we may be seeing more of this activity through the Labor Day Weekend. "My car and my sons car is under water and we have no insurance so I don't know if FEMA will help us, because I know this is mother nature it happened over night but someone has to help up now," said Linda Perez.
She's one of the residents in Pago Bay who struggled to keep her property safe from the heavy rains, but she along with her neighbors homes were engulfed by water that reached up to three feet deep. "It did get into our neighbors' homes," she said. "The water went flowing like a river in their homes, but mine we blocked it like what you would do with sandbags, we got tires from the jungle, we made a blockage so the water wouldn't go up into my kitchen."
She says her area usually becomes flooded during typhoons, and wasn't expecting what happened today. Perez is therefore pleading with the government to take action to install proper drainage in their area, saying, "We were out here this morning cleaning water ever debris we can clean up so we can get this to run faster and it is its working we picked up a lot of debris on the road out there."
But Perez is not the only one with a flooding problem - Agana Heights Mayor Paul McDonald says several of his residents also experienced water flowing inside their homes. The problem today forced the temporary closure of Pago Bay Bridge and Polaris Road. According to Guam National Weather Center lead forecaster Michael Ziobro, Guam should expect more rain. He told KUAM News, "There was the active monsoon trough in the area and that caused some showers and thunderstorms across the area this morning."
With the ground being saturated as it is some of those areas that experience flooding and heavy rain events and now it could be even more than that we might experience brief flooding over the weekend.
In the meantime, the Guam Office of Homeland Security urges motorists to drive with extreme caution, and residents should avoid reefs and beaches as rip currents will be life threatening.