Hurricane Maria Seriously Damages Puerto Rico, Over 70,000 People Evacuated
September 23 , 2017
Hurricane Maria made serious structural damage on Guajataca dam (nearly 90-year old) in western Puerto Rico, unleashing “extremely dangerous” flash floods. Reports say around 70,000 people have been evacuated by the officials from Isabela and Quebradillas municipalities. While US National Weather Service called it “extremely dangerous situation”, Governor Ricardo Rossello told media that it was a “structural failure”. In a later tweet NWS asked people (living in the surrounding areas to Guajataca River) to evacuate. Reports say over 15 inches (or around 40 cm) rainfall has been recorded in the surrounding mountains of Guajataca dam. A government official reportedly said they don’t have contact with 40-78 municipalities in Puerto Rico.