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Yigo neighbors hit particularly hard by typhoon

Posted: Sep 11, 2018 5:39 PM +10:00 Updated:

Our crews have been going around the island looking at the areas hit the hardest. Several homes in one northern neighborhood were left nearly underwater following the heavy downpour.

Susan Sandrino from Yigo said, "Last night, I'm really sad. I'm really emotional because I called someone asking for help." A call for help that couldn't be answered as Typhoon Mangkhut hit the Marianas. Tuesday proved to be a much calmer day but a tremendous loss for Susan Sandrino and her neighbors. He said, "This is the first time like this."

Just off East Gayeniro in Yigo, water rose more than five feet. Susan recalls her experience during the storm, saying, showing her neck, "When we left the house the water is already up to here."

They waded through the rising flood waters and waited out the remainder of the night in their car. "No other choice. Good thing I had my data and my neighbor noticed me but even they were flooded and it was so dark," she added.

A situation her neighbors had to deal with, as well. Glenda Pareja said of her experience, "We don't have sleep last night because of the strong wind. It's like making a loud big sound and it scared us of course...everybody we have no sleep."

Pareja and her family of ten did everything they could to save their belongings, saying, "See, what happened. Everything from the kitchen, the living room, to the bedroom all are wet."

But, the rush of water was just too much. "We are very sad. So sad and there's a lot of things to do with damages and all the things inside is wet including the food that we store here," she explained.

The flood waters blocked direct access to their homes. "It was during the height of the storm many living in this Yigo neighborhood really felt the brunt of that heavy rainfall. Today, they are left having to wade in the water or use these makeshift ramps to get in and out of their properties," he said.

Families here are left cleaning up the aftermath, saying, "It has to be done."

Elsewhere up north, residents cleaned up the debris in their yard. Others slowing making their way out on to the road, as drivers go through flooded streets. For now, Susan says she is staying with friends until the water recedes enough for her family to assess the damage. "What we can do. At least we are safe. The things are just material but as long as we are safe we are ok. We are alive and survived. So I don't know how we can start right now," she stated.

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