The Jaltemba Bay area has experienced very heavy rains this week, which caused flooding as well as damage to homes and roads in several colonias in La Peñita. The flooding occurred without warning on Monday night.
This morning, Sergio Galicia and I visited with people living near the police station in La Colonia, as well as homeowners near the transito station on the east side of the highway in La Peñita. Many of them had up to 1 meter (3 feet) of water in their homes. Some lost everything including kitchen appliances, furniture, mattresses and clothes, all of which were ruined due to the flooding. One man even claimed that his car was swept away by the rushing water. When we asked how we could help, they said they needed “things” not “money.” The main request was for food and a dry mattress to sleep on.
Octaviano Figueroa, Juez (Judge) of Rincón de Guayabitos and Chairman of the Rotary Club projects, said the worst hit colonias are “Las Cabras, Las Rosas, Isla del Verano, El Campesino, Miramar, Palmar and Cedros.”
There are ways we can help, says Octaviano. “The municipal delegate is in charge of distributing food and other benefits. Carlos Rendón (past president and current treasurer of the Rotary Club) is in charge of money, and donations can be deposited into the Rotary bank account. In-kind donations can also be made to Viky Robelo Rodriguez at the Centro Comunitario Cultural (CCC) in La Peñita. Much is needed and greatly appreciated by the victims of the storm.”
According to the Jaltemba Bay weather station, we received 82.1 mm (3.23 inches) of rain between Sunday, September 15 and Tuesday, September 17. So far this month, we’ve already received 304.5 mm (11.99 inches). And as I type, I can hear lightening in the distance which indicates that even more rain is probably coming our way.
The following photos and captions were provided by Octaviano Figueroa.
The strong water undermined the foundations of three houses. They need to be reinforced with stone, gravel, cement and sand to avoid collapsing.
The people affected do not have the resources and need the support of our community to help repair their homes.
Clean up along the river near the transito station continued throughout the day today.
The river at this location is about 3 meters wider than usual.
There was also a major cleanup effort along the river and bridge near the CCC.
The whole community is being asked to donate the following items: cement, mattresses, blankets and clothes in good condition, canned food and water. Please donate them directly to those affected or bring items to the Centro Comunitario Cultural (CCC), which is located at Rubén Jaramillo no. 9 in La Peñita.
Thank you for your support.
by Allyson Williams