Cancun, Q.R. — After nearly a week of intense rains, Cancun and Riviera Maya are beginning to see blue skies.
The passing of two back-to-back tropical waves left most of the cost of Quintana Roo waterlogged as streets and homes flooded. Extreme wind gusts felled trees while nearly every port from Cancun to Tulum experienced closures at some point over the six days.
The Nautical Association of Quintana Roo are reporting losses of approximately $1.2 million USD due to port closures. Iván Ferrat Mancera, president of the Nautical Association, says the main cause for the closures were the intense rains and strong winds.
He says that the bad weather began to affect nautical activities in Cancun Tuesday which lasted into Wednesday. The Harbor Master then decided to close navigation to tourist boats along the Mexican Caribbean, he explained.
He says that on Thursday, Cancun had only partial closures, however, the monetary losses were still substantial as companies were forced to cancel numerous water activities. Unfortunately, the weekend again saw the complete closure of all water activities for tourists.
The tourists themselves preferred to stay in their hotel or go out shopping, he added.
More than 2,000 boats were left tied to their moors for at least four days along the Quintana Roo coast. “There is no activity these days because of the rains,” said José Gómez Burgos, president of Xaman-Ha fishing.
More than 150 families in the southern area of Lázaro Cárdenas were evacuated from their homes due to flooding from the relentless rains. Portions of the Tulum highway were also closed over the weekend as emergency personnel tended to the over-flooded roadways.
Emilio Jiménez, mayor of Lázaro Cárdenas said that “One of the main roads was closed due to a 40-meter long area that was one meter deep.” A section of the Tulum Felipe Carrillo Puerto highway was also shut down by the state government due to extensive flooding.
Authorities of Lázaro Cárdenas (Holbox) said that over the weekend, although tourists to the island were not evacuated, they were put on alert to be aware of the weather forecast and warnings from state authorities as the island’s main tourist portion also suffered flooding.
Due to the two slow-moving tropical waves that passed over the region, state governor Carlos Joaquín González has declared a state of emergency for Quintana Roo.
The wet weather that has finally left Mexico is now heading toward the US. Weather Underground meteorologist Bob Henson says “Pockets of torrential rain will douse the western and central U.S. over the next few days, a result of the remnants of ex-Hurricane Bud and a slug of Caribbean moisture,” adding that “flash flooding is a distinct possibility.”