Stay safe, Puerto Rico: The governor issues a state of emergency due to heavy rains, flooding

By Mivette Vega

May 8, 2024

The executive order also authorizes the activation of the National Guard to assist in relief efforts. The Guard will be tasked with providing support to local authorities in rescue operations, damage assessment, and debris removal.

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi declared a state of emergency in 18 municipalities across Puerto Rico, in response to the damages caused by heavy rains on Tuesday.

The rain has been ongoing for several days, leading to a significant accumulation of water, ranging from eight to ten inches, as well as widespread flooding and landslides.

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In response to the emergency, Pierluisi issued Executive Order 2024-009, which declares a state of emergency in Adjuntas, Arecibo, Camuy, Ciales, Corozal, Guayanilla, Lares, Manatí, Maricao, Mayagüez, Naranjito, Ponce, Río Grande, Sabana Grande, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Utuado, and Yauco.

The executive order also authorizes the activation of the National Guard to assist in relief efforts. The Guard will be tasked with providing support to local authorities in rescue operations, damage assessment, and debris removal.

Yauco was one of the most affected towns because the Yauco river flooded.

The flooding affected the Nilda Ortiz Educational Center and other structures.

The first floor of the Ernesto Ramos Antonini Specialized School of Fine Arts was also flooded. About 100 people, including staff and students, had to take refuge on the second floor. Later, rescuers were able to extract the victims and transported them to the Santiago Negroni School.

Pierluisi plans to visit Yauco on Wednesday afternoon.

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The National Weather Service issued another flood advisory and flash flood warning for Wednesday for different areas of the island.

The ongoing rainfall is expected to continue for the next few days, and residents are urged to stay informed about the latest weather updates and take precautions to protect themselves and their property.

 

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  • Mivette Vega

    Mivette Vega is a seasoned journalist and multimedia reporter whose stories center the Latino community. She is passionate about justice, equality, environmental matters, and animals. She is a Salvadorrican—Salvadorian that grew up in Puerto Rico—that has lived in San Juan, Venice, Italy, and Miami.

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