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Southern villages brace for storm

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As the strongest winds are expected to strike the southernmost part of the island, those villages are preparing for the brunt of the storm.

Guam Power Authority crews were spotted cutting trees too close to power lines, and down in Merizo, an excavator and backhoe are in place to tackle expected flooding. Storm prep down south involved some heavy equipment.

On Friday, crews were in working in Yona, cutting overgrown trees too close to the power poles.

Edward Leon Guerrero, a GPA Overhead Line electrician Superintendent said it's a hazard.

"As you can see the guys are trimming, they got their vest on they got their gloves, their hardhats they also got their glasses so yes safety is very important," he said. "If you don't (cut the trees) eventually if the storm does come our way. If it gets closer than expected eventually it's going to fall and break and fall on the line so you got the lines that are out it's going to take longer to come and respond to it, so I think preparation is very important."

Preparation for the storm takes many forms. In Guam's most southern village, Merizo Mayor Ernest Chargualaf confirms that DPW has placed an excavator and a backhoe near the bridge.

"If we remove the debris and let the culverts do its work like it's intended to, we can mitigate and minimize the adverse effect of the flood," the mayor said.

When it rains in Merizo it floods. Previous storms this year have brought heavy rains above road level that brings water into nearby homes. That's why the mayor wants all hands on deck.



"I'm asking that these people get paid hazardous that when they're working hazardous conditions they be compensated to put themselves on the line," Chargualaf said. "And please respond because we already prepositioned the equipment, but we need the closest operator to respond and go over and use the equipment to avoid the flood."

His advice to southern residents--prepare.

"Making sure everything is safe in your house and yourself it's better to over prepare than not to prepare at all," Chargualaf said. 

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