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Power outages, flooding reported down south

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - While Wednesday's Tropical Storm Halong passed north of us, the southern part of Guam also received some significant damage, such as along Manenggon Road in Yona. Del Garcia has been lived along this very road for over five years and spent the morning cleaning debris with his son Delvin.

"I mentioned to my son this morning, 'Get ready, get the machete and shovel, we got to clean the road up, we got a lot of debris.' I understand the road here, the conditions here, it's hart right now with this rain, it's very slippery for a backhoe to come up here, so I decided to come up here and do what I can," he explained.

He says when it rains hard, especially as it did Wednesday, it loosens the soil, causing landslides like on Mannengon Road to occur. Mayor Ken Joe Ada was on the scene yesterday and today to help address the problem, and said, "Due to the heavy rains, it's kind of fallen down and this is an access way to Manenggon that leads to a few houses on the backside, the landslide happened."

Along with the landslide, those along Mannengon Road were without power since Wednesday night. Other parts of Pulantat and Windward Hills experienced power outages along with heavy flooding. His goal was to aid in recovery efforts to maintain accessibility and remove debris from the main highway and secondary roads, and he said, "I'm just grateful and thankful to the lord this is something we can actually recover from."

From Yona, we made our way to Inarajan who also experienced some flooding, but not as severe. Traffic was backed up for a few hours along Dinaga Road, where according to mayor Doris Flores Lujan, an ICC dump truck was stuck in a ditch since last week and the storm only made it more difficult to remove. Traffic eventually cleared by the afternoon.

Thereafter we went to Merizo where flooding was the major issue. Village mayor Ernest Chargualaf told KUAM News, "There were some homes that were flooded only because the areas that were problematic were recurring problems and have not been addressed and that's why we're always experiencing flooding in the areas that are problematic."

Along route 4 in front the Barcinas residence was one of the many roads deemed impassible due to heavy flooding. Chargualaf says while it didn't look much like it today, he says at the time, he and his staff were putting themselves at risk trying to clear debris from the area which clogged this stream tunnel causing the water to rise as high as six feet.

"When it rains hard and the rain starts and continues, endlessly up in the mountain area, it collects and it streams down real fast bringing a lot of debris and damps up on the coverts made for entrances for the Barcinas house, and that's what causes the flood," he explained.

He adds since coming into office since 2009, he let officials know about the problems, even providing a tour and recommendation, however nothing to this date has been addressed. And not far from Merizo, a six-member crew aboard the Take Maru 55 were forced to seek shelter at Cocos Island yesterday. Their vessel ran aground outside of Cocos Lagoon, off Malesso. The crew is now on Guam after the Guam Fire Department's rescue boat retrieved the crew this morning.

Keeping with down south, according to Port Authority general manager Joanne Brown, the Agat Marina, along with the Hagatna Marina surprisingly and luckily did not receive any significant damage compared to previous storms. As you recall, Dock D was damaged during last October's storm, with Dock C recently condemned. 
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