NWS Declares "Extremely Dangerous Situation" After Puerto Rico Dam Fails

With electricity and cell phone service still offline across most of hurricane-damaged island, NBC reports that a dam in northwest Puerto Rico has failed, causing even more flash flooding and prompting emergency evacuations.

Guajataca Dam operators said it failed at 2:10 pm ET, prompting the NWS to issue a flash flood emergency warning for Isabela and Quebradillas municipalities.

"This is an EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION. Busses are currently evacuating people from the area as quickly as they can," NWS San Juan said.

A warning was also issued for residents living in areas surrounding the Guajataca River who, according to NEW San Juan "should evacuate NOW" as their lives are in danger.

According to federal reservoir data, the lake behind the dam, Lago de Guajataca, rose more than three feet between Tuesday and Wednesday, when the storm was still directly over the island. More recent data were unavailable.

More than 95% of Puerto Rico’s wireless cell sites are currently out of service, according to the FCC. That is worse than the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which knocked out 56% of the island’s wireless network. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said restoring electricity to the island “could take weeks or many, many months.”


GUS100CORRINA yrad Fri, 09/22/2017 - 16:48 Permalink

NWS Declares "Extremely Dangerous Situation" After Puerto Rico Dam FailsMy response: While this is a real tragedy, I was expecting to hear of things like this because some of the rivers were 40 to 60+ feet above flood stage. Yes, you heard me correctly when I said 40 to 60+ feet.Below is a video that discusses the subject.Apocalyptic Flood: Puerto Rico River Rises 62ft ABOVE flood stage - Extreme Flash Floodhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD7g-wZXg3Q

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L Bean yrad Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:09 Permalink

Will never forget, stayed up all night watching TV after the Fukushima tsunami hit -  absolutely horrific video, waves and waves of carnage in Sendai was looping on nearly every channel. I flip the channel to CNBC and here was Larry Summers, up at 4am, just a few hours after the tsunami hit, here he was, on live TV beaming about all of the opportunities surrounding Japan's future. Talking like he'd just done some lines.

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L Bean Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:01 Permalink

Send them all to FL with .gov checks, solve the real estate bubble! (I wish this were a joke, and not what will probably actually happen)

Omen IV Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:10 Permalink

There are no solutions to PR

$75 billion in bonds / $50 Billion in pensions and no cash flow- operating costs cannot beat Mexico

Call a force majeur and tell everyone to get fucked
Get rid of the Ricans and maybe in 50 years there is a solution

Paracelsus Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:43 Permalink

   I recall that the big pharma fellas tested the first "Pill" in Puerto Rico (years ago).No threat of lawsuits, the ladies would have signed a release from litigation anyway,and they were desperate for reliable contraception (aside from coitus interruptus).There seems to be a concentration of the PR debt bonds in a small sector of mutual funds,as if someone expects a bailout from Congress.They have stalled on debt renegotiation for years now,and now they won't be able to kick thecan any further. So, let's recap: PR not fixed,now demolished. Venezuela not fixed, de facto hyper-inflation,Greece not fixed, Cyprus not fixed, Spain not fixed and Catalan secession movement growing,Portugal not fixed,Libya not fixed and a point of departure for people smugglers.Syria destroyed, and religiously polarized to a much higher degree than before.Hmmm...... 

Horse Pizzle Fri, 09/22/2017 - 19:13 Permalink

No problem.  Puerto Rico canFloat a bond to repair the dam.Float a bond to repair the electric grid.Float a bond to import gasoline.Float a bond to repair the roads.Float a bond to repair the bridges.Float a bond to repair the schools.Right?