Flood Damage Recovery Continues; EOC Deactivates this evening

Flood Damage Recovery Continues; EOC Deactivates this evening

Multi-Agency Response to Flood Damage
 
The Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was operational in support of flood damage response from severe rains earlier in the week. The EOC will deactivate this evening at 6 p.m. and will not reopen for this event, unless significant information is received that warrants the EOC support.
 
The Department of Public Works (DPW), in conjunction with the Mayors Council of Guam (MCoG) plan to continue to work on the flood related event through the weekend, until major reported problem areas are cleared and debris is reduced safely. DPW and MCoG will be in contact with the GHS/OCD 24/7 watch desk to facilitate any other multi-agency resources required. The Guam National Guard (GUNG) has successfully assisted DPW with flood damage areas in the past two days. The GUNG assets utilized for the flood damage response will secure at 6 p.m. this evening and no longer be activated in support of this event.  
 
The following locations have been or will be completed today:
o   Naki Street, Chalan Pago – Debris removed and road cleared
o   Fonte River Location (White Lady Bridge) – Debris removed and road cleared
o   Barcinas area, Merizo – Debris removed and road cleared previously
o   Umatac Bay Location – Expected completion today, debris removed and road clearing
 
The following locations will continue to be assessed and/or worked on through the weekend:
o   Mapao St. Talofofo – Roadwork planned to compact gravel
o   Famha, Ordot – Roadwork planned to compact gravel
o   Umatac Bridge – Debris clearing
o   Rt. 1 “Dead Man’s Curve” location, Asan, past Adelup - Roadwork
o   Roads in various villages based on MCoG assessments
 
Road Closure
 
Rt. 1, “Dead Man’s Curve” location, Asan northbound lane is closed as DPW continue work on clearing the culverts and will reopen around 6:30 p.m. this evening. The northbound lane will be re-closed around 8 a.m., tomorrow, to allow DPW to continue work on clearing the culverts. Practice caution while driving through the area and allow for responder crew access.
 
Weather
There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam or the Marianas. The current forecast for Guam includes:
o   Tonight: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers, with east winds 10 to 15 mph
o   Friday: Partly sunny with isolated showers, with east winds 10 to 15 mph
o   Friday night: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers, with east winds around 10 mph
o   Saturday: Partly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy with isolated showers and east winds 10 to 15 mph
o   Saturday night and Sunday: Partly cloudy with isolated showers
 
“The weather has significantly cleared, allowing for the proper recovery from the flood related event,” stated George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor. “We remind the community that the inclement weather can return and is expected to do so, since we are in our typhoon season. That being said, we may encounter these flood issues in the future but are working to mitigate as much as we can now.  We’d like to thank our partners in the Government, the military and our federal counterparts for their coordination behind the scenes, especially to the Boots-On-The-Ground men and women with DPW, MCoG and the National Guard who have worked and continue to work hard to keep our roadways clear and safe. Thank you to the community for their continued vigilance during emergency events such as these,” Charfauros continued.
 
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov
 
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