Posted by Irma on September 3, 2007, 5:51 pm
After 40 hours of not very gentle rain, the laguna del Tule had to finally be directed into the ocean along with whatever it found in its way ie: refrigerators, boilers, television sets, large truck tires and large size garbage bags. The situation downtown Melaque which finally precipitated the policia civil to open the mouth of the lagoon was urgent, the water around the square reached well over five feet this morning. I saw kids playing around the jardin in floaters and rubber boats. The bridge recently built right at the entrance of Melaque coming from La Huerta did not do much good.The river in Lazaro Cardenas had been flooded since the day before yesterday and the amount of water coming from it surpassed the size of the new bridge. I had heard from many people in town that the bridge was not going to work and that t a presa should have been constructed instead to detain the water coming from the many arroyos, rivers and other bodies of water which exist from here to La Huerta.The policia de Turismo stopped by my house a couple of hours ago to borrow an old aluminum boat which I have sitting under a lime tree, they wanted so they could use it to rescue people stranded in their homes in Jaluco as well as to get out the equipment from the army station by Cuastecomates. The army station buiding was erected in what used to be a beautiful body of water, a lagoon surrounded with weeping willows and also at one time filled with marine life, including fish and crocs. |
The new development La Primavera is also under water. What saves Villa Obregon from flooding is that so far the lagoon is still around and when the water gets to high it naturally opens into the ocean breaking the sand dune which normally holds it in place. When the Tourist Police stopped by the had two small crocs they had been able to keep from going into the ocean however we don`t know how many more crocs have gone into the ocean. Villa Pinal is also under water as is the area of the prep school ( I was told..)
There is a lot more to tell but I don`t want to make this report too long. A couple of schools are being used as shelters or albergues. It is a shame that in a coastal town the Tourist Police which also works as a rescue unit or any other police department don`t even have a boat to rescue people. The one they borrowed from me is certainly not ideal, it is heavy and a bit too large. Perhaps we can do something about this lack of basic equipment this coming fall in Melaque.
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