And at 8:30a (Thursday) it's raining again...with thunder & lightning...
Police Chief & Director of Ops Resign
No official reasons have been given for the resignations of the Police Chief and the Coordinator of Operations. Joaquín Poot Acosta, and Jairo Chávez Juan, which were submitted to the Mayor on Monday. The Mayor said their resignations were voluntary and for personal reasons. After the resignations the mayor said that during the City Council meeting scheduled for yesterday afternoon, that Leo Ortiz would be proposed for the job of Police Chief. Reassurances were made that the both people did a good job for the City, and Leo Ortiz has previously had this job here and meets all the requirements necessary to ensure safety and order in Isla Mujeres. Source: Diario Quintana Roo/Manuel Valdez
Ferries Were Running Normally Despite Weather
In this report dated Tuesday, it is noted that the ferries are continuing to run normally, including the cargo ferried, and that the stormy weather was expected to continue for another 24 hours. Jesus Molina/Diario Respuesta The flooding in Cancun was much worse than in Isla Mujeres, and residents reported that while the ferries were running normally, at times they had difficulty getting to the ferry terminal due to flooding of the streets in Cancun causing taxis to decline to go to areas where the water was too deep, until conditions improved.
Addressing The Effects Of Flooding
Por Esto commonly uses the word "chaos", as they do in this article where they said chaos was generated by the heavy rains of a tropical disturbance caused caused up to 60 centimeters of water to flood areas in some of the colonias, including Miraflores, La Gloria, and Salina Chica, as well as the area of the Casa de Cultura downtown. Absence of efficient pumping by Aguakan and Civil Protection are given as the cause, while noting they were working early on at the dredging out the drainage lines, with 6 members of the city staff and 7 members of the Navy. Gabriel Sulu Martinez, Civil Protection Director, said they have three mobile pumps, which were used to dredge out the lines. He explained that the main factor causing flooding is the accumulation of trash, and he urged people not to leave their trash sitting out, and to wait until the truck is about to pass by, and he asked them to help out by picking up any trash in front of their homes. Por Esto noted that the incessant rains caused some overflowing of the lagoons, mainly lower areas of Salina Chica and Miraflores. The major effect was at the baseball park in Salina Chica, which looked like an Olympic pool on Tuesday morning when the water reached 70 centimeters deep. (60cm=~2 ft and 70cm=~28in)
Diario Q Roo says (in a report from Wednesday) the worst effects occurred on Hidalgo where the water which was contaminated with sewage overflowed into some shops, noting there was one owner of a shop selling silver and souvenirs who was too sad to talk about it, despite one of his employees sleeping there with children who could become sick from the bad odors and humidity. The souvenir shop "Candy" was affected by the waters entering their shop, and the managers and owners want the City of acquire more powerful pumps. The Mayor said they were taking the situation very seriously, and confirmed that assistance had been sought with CAPA for adequately powered pumps to lower the levels of the lakes. The pumps were working at full capacity, but that was not enough. The Mayor said during the Anti Hurricane committee meeting Tuesday afternoon they discussed the events of the 'test' in relation to future responses to hurricanes. It is noted that on a tour the reporter noted a large accumulation of trash at the doors and fronts of shops and homes, despite efforts by City staff to pick it up.
On Facebook, the Mayor thanked Aguakan and their engineers, for assistance with the pumps, while reassuring residents that they were working on lowering the lake levels, and he published photographs showing that the efforts were effective.
Anti-Hurricane Committee Meeting
The meeting Tuesday of the Anti-Hurricane Committee (whose name is actually Comité Operativo Municipal para Fenómenos Hidrometeorológicos 2013 which should properly be translated to Municipal Operations Committee on Hydrometeorological Phenomena 2013. I am not the only reporter to take a little journalistic license with that title.) was attended by authorities of the following agencies: Protección Civil, Marina, Capitanía de Puerto, Seguridad Pública, and it was led by the municipal president (mayor) Hugo Sánchez Montalvo. He explained that the Civil Protection agency has bee working in coordination with Aguakan for several weeks at cleaning the sewers and storm drain lines. Members of the committee explained their functions in working with other agencies like the CFE, Federal Electricity Commission, noting that when the abundant rains are not accompanied by strong winds, there is no need to cut the electricity. Inspections will be done in coordination with the CFE to verify that the power lines are no obstructed by trees, and where that condition is detected, the pruning work will be performed by the federal or municipal agency. Coordination is also being done with the Red Cross and the State Ministry of Health, SESA. It was announced that the seven shelters on the island, as well as the seven shelters in Francisco May on the mainland, are ready. Source: Por Esto
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Weather & Water yesterday
We walked to KKChuc & Chedraui yesterday in very light rain & it was had stopped raining when we came out.
I am standing just north of Chedraui, before the tope/ped crossing, looking at the baseball field.
Blue sky at ~noon today from MVC B&B...in one direction
The first three are from the Back Balcony...overlooking the Caribbean Sea. (Awoke to a Thunder clap at 8am...another grey rainy morning.)
Looking north toward Punta Norte, pardon the slant, I couldn't see the screen. "Left" from the back balcony.
Straight out from the back balcony..Eastward
Looking Right from the Back Balcony..Southeastward
From a Front Balcony, looking NorthWest Blue Sky!! Documented! ;)
From a Front Balcony, looking SouthWest
On the internet in the past 24 hours...
Live Music Scheduled for Wednesdays
In Isla Mujeres
Casa de los Suenos 4-7 Banda Sin Nombre Half priced appetizers LINKwebsite LINKfb
Iguanas 6:30-8:30 Jazz Tapas Special
Bahia Tortuga 6-8 Open mic/Karaoke LINK
Sunset Grill 6-7:30 Keyboard & Vocals LINK
El Patio 8:30-11 La Guera & Willys Blues LINK
Cafe del Mar 8 Jesus Campuzano LINK LINK
Faynes 8-10 Raul Alexis
Faynes Banda Sin Nombre 10:30-12:15 LINK
Don't forget to come today to Bufalo! 7 peso tacos! Tortas & Hamburgers 20 pesos Delicious
998 186 3242 Located in Salina Chica, facing the maestro Kalim & Bricenos..on the avenue of Bachilleres. (Go south from downtown on the east side thru Aeropuerto to the first village of colonia Salina Chica. The restaurant is on the left side of the street with a pink stripe above, and a white barrel shaped grill out front. If you come to the tortillaria at the intersection, you have gone too far.)
Wednesday we will open early with the inauguration of 2 special entrees: Relleno Negro and Carne Mexicana for 40 pesos, served with rice and sauces. Come and try them!
(Relleno Negro is a popular Yucatecan dish with a black broth, that is sort of like a turkey stew.).
Tony Garcia Not raining that's good,,and the water level goes down fast, (~9p)
Hugo Ivan Sanchez Montalvo (These photos are from yesterday) In other posts the Mayor thanked Aguakan for their help with the pumps.Estamos supervisando los trabajos de bombeo de la estación salina chica !!
The pump at Salina Chica
At the pumping station in Salina Grande, showing water that is the product of the intense rains, being pumped to the Caribbean Sea.
El registro de la estación de bombeo salina grande, el agua producto de las intensas lluvias son dirigidas hacia nuestro Mar Caribe ..
Mayor supervising work at the Salina Grande Pumping Station
La medición de niveles de la Salina Grande.. Es importante mencionar que nuestras Salinas sirven de captadores pluviales de las colonias circunvecinas de manera natural.. The water level in Salina Grande is going down. It is important to note that our Salinas serve to collect rain water naturally draining from surrounding colonias.
Public Services agency helps the community
Caribe On Canvas Entrance to the beach at Villa la Bella. It looks inviting!
Hector Rodriguez Sanchez's photo. Cancun...So much rain it's confusing the crocs.."I know my lagoon is around here....somewhere..."
And then TvIM tweeted this croc photo (I think by Jose Dominguez) in Isla Mujeres, ~300 meters from the Catholic Church in La Gloria. It was caught last night. They very occasionally get outa Mundaca when there is flooding, but are generally spotted in a lagoon or similar marshy area, and are returned to Mundaca. Islenos are pretty blase about them getting into the lagoons occasionally, but folks are talking about this one! Last year when a reporter commented about a croc being loose IN the Mundaca park being bad for tourism, the worker he was interviewing said the loose croc was no big deal, but the mosquitoes had gotten Really Fierce!
Don't forget the Artist Fair On The Square scheduled for tomorrow 4-7
Last 24 hrs "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam: LINK
Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres
The Early Edition with the newspaper photographs and headlines is usually published around sunrise.
This Final Edition with the translated articles, plus original photos including the sunrise and the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section usually publishes around noon.
Both blogs always have links to the original articles.
Usually if an article is "missing", it may have been published in another paper recently, and translated.in a previous post.