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Northern residents sought shelter after Typhoon damages

Posted: Sep 12, 2018 9:05 AM +10:00 Updated:

Aside from post-typhoon cleanup, many public school campuses around the island served as shelters during Typhoon Mangkhut.  Many of these residents returned home with little to salvage.

Isabel Perez brought her mother, brother and six kids to Astumbo Elementary School for shelter, afraid her home, where she's lived for 18 years, wouldn't weather the storm. "My mom started to cry because we had no home so it's like rebuilding starting your life over...I feel bad for her she's been crying since yesterday," he said, crying.  "I try to walk around and not pay attention to it, but it's sad how it comes around and takes away everything you worked so hard to build."

Tuesday marks the second night her family is seeking refuge in a shelter. During the storm, Isabel was one of 2,000 island residents who were sheltered at GDOE schools across the island. 5 in Guam's northern villages of Yigo and Dededo reached full capacity.

Now, late Tuesday afternoon, Mayors, like Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares were working hard to move shelterees to Tier 2 shelters in village gyms, like the one in Astumbo. "We hope we could accommodate all those in the north that did have damages fortunately it's a safe haven for them we're praying that the power goes on; we have additional showers and toilets here that can accommodate them at least for those needs," she stated.

The storm isn't over for many shelteeres, who spent the night at their local elementary school, now moving to village gyms, hoping to return home soon. "The storm, we've suffered a lot, I understand we're not the only one's who've lost their home there's pretty much everyone else, it's just devastating that you can't go back to your own home," Perez added.

If you are still displaced, Tier II shelters are open at Astumbo Gym in Dededo, Agana Heights Gym, and Agat Gym for southern residents. You can call your mayor's office or DPW for assistance.

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