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Villages begin reporting status

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane


Guam -  Although Tropical Storm Halong has made its closest point of approach, Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 1. Governor  Eddie Calvo implores residents to remain indoors. According to a press release the storm’s closest point of approach may have passed, but it is leaving behind the worst of the winds and rains. It is now more dangerous to be outside than it was during the closest point of approach.


Village mayors and vice mayors spent the past two days working around the clock helping residents and leading their villages. Governor Calvo is preparing to shift the attention and resources of the government from storm preparation to storm recovery.

His goals include: Making sure families have homes to go back to, restore utilities and resume government operations and lead Guam's quick bounce from the storm and get the message out that Guam is open for business.

 According to the press release in order to reach these goals, there are fundamental recovery efforts that must happen. These include debris removal to open roads, relieving any sewage backup, repairing any streetlights and signs, and restoring power. The mayors of each village were asked to report damage in their villages following closest point of approach so that we all know where the problems are and how we can fix them. Here’s the reports so far:HAGATNA (Mayor John Cruz): There are reports of flooding by the river and a transformer sparking near Casa Ladera Apts.

AGAT (Mayor Carol Tayama): There are manholes overflowing at Bruce and Follard Streets; downed line from vegetation that fell on power lines. 

ASAN (Mayor Margaret Blas): There were flooding on roads and barrels from nearby construction site were all scattered by the wind, blocking roads. The barrels were reported to the contractor to remove. 

DEDEDO (Mayor Melissa Savares): There were several downed lines, including a power line that was taken down in Chalan Fanha. Another resident in GHURA 501 had a live wire that fell on their fence, creating a dangerous situation. The Dededo mayor’s office worked with GPA to address the problem.


PITI (Mayor Ben Gumataotao): There was a tree that fell on a power line along Marian Pilling Street.  

 Mayors’ office staff are cleaning secondary roads but are relying on Guam Power Authority and Department of Public Works to clear debris that is blocking primary roads and remove vegetation leaning on power lines and causing outages. 

You can also report on the status of your village on our Facebook page.

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