Governor declares state of emergency; shelters open up for flood victims

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Guam – Governor Calvo has declared a state of emergency as Typhoon Cimaron, although departing the Marianas, has left some deep flooding in its wake.

Over the last few days, videos have been circulating of flooding throughout the island, particularly in Southern Guam. Umatac was one of the worst hit as the picturesque Umatac Bridge was turned into a gushing river overnight. Other videos show some motorists getting stuck in flood waters.

At 3 this afternoon, Govenror Calvo declared a state of emergency, activating the Emergency Operations Center, Joint Information Center and the Guam National Guard to assist with equipment and personnel.

Although a Tropical Storm Warning has been canceled for the Northern Marianas, a flash flood warning remains in effect until 5:30 p.m. while a watch will last until 10 p.m. A warning means it is imminent or occurring and a watch means conditions may develop that lead to dangerous situations. In addition, rain gusts are expected even if we have clear skies.

Meanwhile, up in Saipan, massive flooding is also being reported. CNMI Representative Ed Propst posted on Facebook videos and pictures of Garapan under water, warning “Our tourist district is currently under water so avoid it unless you have a 4×4 or lifted vehicle.”

Some safety tips to be aware of: turn around, don’t drown; avoid walking or driving through flood waters; and seek higher ground immediately in case of flash flooding.

Read the latest release from the JIC below:

Shelters Open at 6:00 p.m. for Displaced Individuals

In support of displaced individuals due to flooding and mudslides, the EOC, through the Mayors Council of Guam, activated the following shelters as of 6 p.m.:

  • NORTH: Astumbo Elementary School
  • CENTRAL: Agana Heights Gym
  • SOUTH; Agat Gym

WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE TO THE SHELTER?

  1. Provisions of food and water for all members of your family
  2. Bedding
  3. Personal hygiene products
  4. Medication
  5. Supplies for infants and toddlers, including diapers and formula
  6. Valid Photo ID
  7. Important documents including birth certificates, passports and medical immunization cards

SHELTER RULES

  1. Must complete registration (ID required)
  2. Anyone with active TB, flu symptoms, or other health concerns must report these symptoms to the Shelter Manager when they sign in
  3. No weapons allowed
  4. No gas stoves allowed
  5. No alcohol is allowed
  6. No drugs are allowed except required prescription medication
  7. No tobacco and betel nut
  8. No pets with the exception of Service Animals

The shelters will be manned by Mayors and their respective staff. The Guam Police Department will conduct periodic checks. Those affected or feel their homes are prone to flooding, can call the Mayors Council of Guam representative at (671) 478-0226. Individuals in immediate distress are advised to call 911.

For more information or to report any flood and mudslide related issues, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.