Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — As the seasonal rains approach, the City Council of Isla Mujeres begins preventative flooding work with the cleaning of streets and pruning of trees.
Merced Ortiz Maya, director of Civil Protection and Firefighters of Isla Mujeres, highlighted the importance of carrying out preventive work so, in coordination with the General Directorate of Municipal Public Services, the Public Works Directorate as well as the Public Lighting Directorate, they can better ensure safety during tropical storms.
He says the city has been not only cleaning streets, but also removing old and unsecured roof covers from sport domes as well as asking homeowners to remove debris from their rooftops. He says they have been pruning trees, cutting away branches and generally tending to green areas in order to prevent them from becoming the cause of an accident in the event of high winds.
“We are working on prevention. It is always important as a municipal government to be aware of, and carry out work to avoid accidents, especially in rainy seasons. We have carried out periodically, the sanitation of the sewers, so we are prepared for any eventuality,” said the director.
Ortiz Maya stressed the importance of local residents taking out garbage only during established times, which is from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. to avoid loose garbage in the streets, which during heavy rains, block the sewage drains. He says approximately 50 percent of the flooding in the municipality is cause from street litter.
The entire Yucatan Peninsula from Isla Mujeres-Cancun down into Riviera Maya are expecting a second day of heavy thunderstorm activity.