January 27, 2021

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Storm surge Isaías floods courtyards in Guayanilla

Guayanilla . The storm surge associated with the tropical storm Isaías floods since last night the patios of some houses in the El Faro community of this municipality, whose residents described the scene like the one they lived after the January earthquake .

On that occasion, the sea level rose dramatically and affected their properties.

“The tide has continued to rise and come in since the earthquake, but Today's event is the largest since then. For Hurricane Maria (in 2017) there was a lot of water, but it did not come out like that. That happened after the earthquake and now it is repeated, "said Wilmary Torres, 23.

Torres was one of the few that passed the storm in the community. Almost all residents left the area yesterday and relocated with family or friends.

Floods in the El Faro neighborhood, in Guayanilla.

The young woman, who lives with her husband and two children, 4 years and 6 months, said that she had "a horrible tachycardia all night", because the situation "took an unexpected turn." He woke up at 4:00 a.m., after receiving a call from his sister, and noticed that the sea water was in front of his home.

“It was something very impressive, very impressive. Since the tremors, the shore dropped a couple of inches and now the water enters the community more. Since last night, without wind and without a drop of rain, the tide was already coming in and has continued throughout the day, "said Torres, who since January has been taking steps to locate in another residence.

Daisy Vélez, from 32 years old, also described the scene in the community as “impressive.”

“We did not pass the storm here, but with friends, and the first impression upon arriving this morning was very strong, especially in the area of ​​the mouth of the River. Something as brutal as it was not seen since the earthquake now, "said Vélez, who lives with her husband and daughter, 4 years old.

 Flooding in the Guayanilla Lighthouse neighborhood after the passage of tropical storm Isaías.
Floods in the El Faro neighborhood, in Guayanilla.

On the other hand, husbands Sylvia García and José A. Santiago, 52 and 60 years old, indicated that they do not regret having passed the storm at their home, whose patio was now completely flooded.

“I was drawing water from the balcony, but nothing… calm. The water he was drawing was from the rain, not the sea. We have been here for many years and we are used to it, "said García.

" I even slept (while the storm passed). He was calm, "added Santiago.

The couple said that staff from the Municipality of Guayanilla toured the community this morning verifying that the residents were well.

When this media visited El Faro shortly after noon Almost all the houses were empty and closed. Its residents had not returned to the area.

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