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Flash floods displace Yigo residents

GUAM - The island has received more than 15 inches of rainfall in the last two days and all that rain has done its damage.


 "There's seven houses that are involved with the flood there. They're maybe three feet high from the floor of the house" mayor Rudy Matanane exclaimed.
In yigo, several families were displaced as the rising flood waters seeped into their homes.
Mayors office staff actually helped evacuate three kids from a home in the bordallo subdivision this morning as the water was nearly waist high. Today residents were taking stock of the damage and some were referred to the American Red Cross for displacement assistance. This road was shut down because passing traffic caused the flooding to seep deeper into homes in the low lying area. Yigo mayor Rudy Matanane also spent time in Mataguac where part of the road was nearly impassable.
"If there's somebody here who gets sick and has to go to the hospital, they'll probably die there in the middle of the night. This is not even a storm. If somebody gets hurt somewhere in here and has to go the hospital this is as far as they go unless they get assistance from a 4x4" the mayor warned.
Matanane says there are more than 30 families affected in this area. This afternoon students got off the bus and waded through the waters to cross while several vehicles attempted to pass through but turned around  when they realized they would likely be stalled. The Yigo mayor is concerned that there wont be a permanent solution before the next big storm.
"This band aid thing ain't gonna help. This is a recurring thing ever since these people were here so we're just wasting money with band aiding all the problems. We have to fix it" Matanane exclaimed.
But how to do that without the necessary funding remains a challenge.
Also in the village, Simon Sanchez High School students were sent home early today because classrooms and hallways became unsafe from leaks in the roof and flooding from the torrential downpours. Many students weren't wearing shoes because they had gotten soaked either on the way to school or while on campus. School staff attempted to mop up the leaks and used garbage cans to contain the water.

National weather service meteorologist Ken Kleeschulte says the island received record rainfall in the last two days and the monsoon trough and tropical disturbance will only mean more wet conditions over the next 24 hours. While Sunday is expected to clear up, NWS doesn't recommend putting away the rain boots and umbrellas just yet.
"We're gonna go back into a rainy pattern starting Monday and continuing through most of the week if not through the end of the week. It shouldn't be as heavy. It's always possible with the monsoon flowing the way it is but we're not expecting it to be near as heavy rainfall as we've gotten in the last few days" he ensured.
Residents are advised to stay off the road as much as possible with flash flood warnings in effect. Additionally NWS has issued small craft, high surf and wind advisories for the island.

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