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Severe flooding keeps some residents stranded at home

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - While several people sought emergency shelter throughout the island, several others were stuck in their homes due to heavy flooding on the roadways.

What normally is a road resembled more of a river today as tropical storm haling caused heavy flooding throughout several parts of the island. For Lucie Rangel, the flooding was more than expected, evident by the brave trek she made through the water and downed vegetation in front of her house just to speak with KUAM.

"This is actually pretty normal for us," she shared. "If you guys know West O'Brien Drive, it always gets flooded all the way from the court to the Napa, so this is not so unusual but this is actually pretty bad because the water goes all the way down there and the cars gets stuck in here, but what can you do."

Rangel has lived on West O'Brien Drive for close to eight years and says this year, let alone the past few weeks have been the worst for floods. "Our cars unfortunately cannot make it so we have to move them to the other side of the parking lot, we can't have them by our house. Unless you have a boat, then you can't make it out of here," she added.

Along with the Anigua street, several other areas were reportedly deemed impassable due to flooding and downed vegetation such as Route 4 in Merizo, Route 6 in Piti by Veterans Cemetary, several areas along Route 1 including the K-mart intersection in Upper Tumon and Salisbury Street in Dededo, and Route 10a near the airport. And what's normally flooded with visitors instead were pools of waters throughout pleasure island. We even saw some motorists trapped or slowly making their drive through Tumon.

Besides being advised to stay off the roads, motorists still made their ways through heavily flooded areas from Hagatna, to Tumon and here on Hamburger Road in Harmon.

But for pros like Rangel, while it's an unfortunate situation, she says her family along with others in the area not only expect the floods but make preparations for their homes. "I'm pretty sure everyone in this area, they know what's coming so we're all ready, we all have our sandbags, we all tape our door and you know, ride it out," she said.

The island's mayors and vice mayors meanwhile have spent the past two days working around the clock helping residents. The Joint Information Center reported mayors' office staff cleaning secondary roads but were relying on Guam Power Authority and Department of Public Works to clear debris that were blocking primary roads and removing vegetation leaning on power lines and causing outages. "I actually did speak to our mayor about this, and they did fix it a couple years back they told, but there's not much you can do, because this is sea level so even if you fix the piping, the water has nowhere to go, so this is basically the status quo forever," Rangel said.

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