PRESS RELEASE: FLOOD RECOVERY UNDERWAY
Written by Kyle Mandapat on August 22, 2018
For Immediate Release
August 22, 2018
Flood Damage Recovery Underway
Multi-Agency Response to Flood Damage
The Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) resumed activation as of 5 a.m. this morning, in support of flood damage response. The main recovery priorities for the EOC operations through the day are the assessment of flood damage in main thoroughfares and village roads, asset/heavy equipment utilization and management, sewage implications from floodwaters, and the volunteer organizations’ active in disaster initiative to assist those that have been displaced from the floods.
The Department of Public Works (DPW), working with the Mayors Council of Guam (MCoG) continues assessments in the following affected areas:
o Ylig Bridge, Yona
o Rt. 4, Pago Bay area
o Naki Street, Chalan Pago
o Mai Mai Rd., Chalan Pago
o Daso Rd. (Ponding Basin), Sinajana
o Fatima Rd., Dededo
o Fonte River Location (White Lady Bridge)
o Rt. 7 (Sylvan Learning Center area), Hagatna Guam
o Areas across southern villages, Merizo, Inarajan, Umatac, Agat
Although the flooding has subsided and the roadways are passable, the following agencies are working closely to have the debris around each site removed, to avoid flooding in the future:
Ø Guam Waterworks Authority
Ø Guam Environmental Protection Agency
Ø Department of Agriculture
Ø The Guam National Guard
The Way Forward
The recovery initiative includes:
- DPW and MCoG, working with other stakeholders are conducting windshield assessments throughout the morning for the focus areas listed above
- Assessments are made to determine the volume of debris removal expected
- Emergency procurement of debris removal rental equipment and equipment needed to fill opened potholes is underway
- Contingency plans are in place to reduce the debris safely
All agencies involved are working throughout the day, in an effort to avoid or lessen the amount of flood damage in future rainy periods.
“We are fortunate the rainy weather has subsided, allowing us to move on to recovery efforts,” the Guam Homeland Security Advisor, George Charfauros, stated to all stakeholders in a meeting with the EOC. “The weather has cleared now but we can expect the rains to continue within the next couple of weeks so we may face these issues again. One of the priorities throughout today is to tackle problems now, to avoid having to address these issues in the future. I thank all our Government of Guam, federal and military partners for their efforts here. Let us help get the community back to normal,” Charfauros concluded.
Individuals Displaced due to the Flood
Those individuals who have been displaced or need assistance due to flood damage are advised to contact their respective Mayor’s offices. The complete directory can be found here, http://www.mcog.guam.gov/directory. The MCoG are working with the American Red Cross to conduct assessments on those homes that have been severely affected.
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at email@example.com.