Recovery efforts now underway; 80 percent of island without power

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Guam – Recovery efforts are now underway as the island recuperates from Typhoon Mangkhut which brought 74 mile an hour winds and greater to the island Monday and destruction in its path.

Downed trees and vegetation, power lines, flooding and power outages can be seen and felt throughout the island as GovGuam agencies are out in full force working to clear debris from roadways and yards and restore power to villages.

Department of Public Works Director Glenn Leon Guerrero shares he was concerned about the northern part of the island as that area took the brunt of Typhoon Mangkhut.

DPW crews have been out since 1 a.m. Tuesday conducting wind shield assessments in the north and south. He reports that some lanes such as Snake Road leading up to Agana Heights and near the water tank in Agat are impassable due to downed trees and debris.

The Guam National Guard is also assisting DPW in clearing roadways.

Leon Guerrero says to place green waste from your homes and yards on your front yard for now and DPW will work on a plan for collection. Once roadways are cleared DPW will work on tackling green waste issues.

Leon Guerrero asks that residents stay off the roadways to allow for DPW to clear them first.

The Guam Power Authority, meanwhile, is also out working on restoring power to the island. At this time, GPA says about 80 percent of the island is without power. GPA is working on a priority schedule, restoring power to important areas like hospitals and healthcare businesses. The agency asks that residents be patient at this time and not inundate their hotline.

As of 6 a.m. Guam was still in Condition of Readiness 1.