Puerto Rico dam failing after Hurricane Maria
Evacuation orders have been issued for an area in northwestern Puerto Rico, after authorities said the Guajataca Dam was failing under the pressure of water accumulated from Hurricane Maria.
All Areas surrounding the Guajataca River should evacuate NOW. Their lives are in DANGER! Please SHARE! #prwx
— NWS San Juan (@NWSSanJuan) September 22, 2017
Operators reported that the structure was failing around 2:10 pm local time on Friday, causing flash flooding downstream on the Rio Guajataca, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in San Juan.
Scary situation unfolding on Puerto Rico after reported dam failure pic.twitter.com/IesuzdvUPZArticle Continues Below
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) September 22, 2017
It appears it has in fact failed..
Puerto Rico dam bursts in wake of Hurricane Maria
A dam failure has caused “extremely dangerous” flooding on a Puerto Rico river in the wake of Hurricane Maria, authorities say.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said the failure of the Guajataca Dam is a “life-threatening situation”.
More than 70,000 people live in the nearby towns of Isabela and Quebradillas.
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