Authorities are rushing to evacuate two communities threatened by a dam that is currently falling apart and is already causing flash flooding downstream. The Puerto Rican dam has been under pressure from massive rainfall in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
“This is an EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION. Busses are currently evacuating people from the area as quickly as they can #prwx,” the National Weather Service in San Juan tweeted.
The Guajataca Dam sits above the municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas near the northwestern corner of the U.S. territory, according to Fox 5 New York. It holds back the waters of the popular Guajataca Lake, which covers two square miles.
Water is already flooding communities downstream from the dam along the Rio Guajataca as people are being urged to get to high ground immediately. The island is still reeling from the worst hurricane it experienced in 90 years after Maria hit them following a sideswipe from Hurricane Jose, according to UK’s The Guardian.
Maria knocked out power for 100 percent of electrical customers in Puerto Rico, and possibly as many as 15 people have died. News updates from the island are sporadic with the communications network in disarray. More than 3 million people live in the impoverished U.S. territory.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Maria brushed past the Dominican Republic and hit the British territory of the Turks and Caicos hard Friday morning, according to CNN. The storm is expected to move north past the Bahamas Friday evening and into Saturday, but a storm surge could cause significant damage to the low-lying archipelago.
Please pray for the people of Puerto Rico and other areas in the path of the storm! Meanwhile, former First Lady Michelle Obama is lashing out at President Trump.