The southeast area of the Island did not report this morning any emergency situation related to the nearby passage of the tropical storm Isaías, according to Carlos A. Reyes Rivera director of the Guayama area, of Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Administration (Nmead).
At the moment, the main effect that the meteorological phenomenon had left was the interruption of the electrical service.
“Of the eight municipalities (that make up the area, Maunabo, Patillas, Arroyo, Guayama, Salinas, Coamo, Santa Isabel and Cayey ) we have several sectors without electricity, in urban areas, urbanizations and fields, "Reyes said.
Fortunately, there had been no evacuations either. and at the moment there were only a handful of people who had gone to shelters as a preventive measure.
“We have five refugees, four at the José Felipe Zayas school in Coamo, and one refugee at the Cecilio Lebrón school in Pat illas, who have been refugees since yesterday (as a preventive matter), "said the Nmead director.
" Until now, we are working in some minor collapse situations that the municipalities are working on, "Reyes added. “On the highway (PR-52) we had some small rock collapses, at kilometer 49, from Cayey to Salinas. The municipality of Salinas has already worked on it and resolved it, "said the manager.
" So we are working on those small situations. But so far we do not have any emergency, "he reiterated.
Reyes addressed the particular concern that existed with the Patillas dam, which it was feared could overflow and cause a flood, and assured that it is at a safe level.
“We had a concern with the dam, yesterday we held a meeting in 'conference' at the mayor (from Patillas, Norberto Soto Figueroa), with Nino Correa (interim commissioner of Nmead) and the engineer Solís from (the Authority of) Electric power. The dam is 17 feet below the overflow, it is safe, it is oiled, it was all up to date. The dam is currently up to date ", he assured.