Cozumel, Q.R. – Thousands of people live in high-risk flood zones on Isla Cozumel.
Lucio Canul Alejandro Andrade, director of Civil Protection for Cozumel, says that about 5,000 people in 4,086 homes are listed as being in susceptible flooding areas.
Between the months of June and November, the island receives most of its rainfall with the months of August, September and October being the most critical.
Island officials have identified the most at-risk colonies on Cozumel, which as of April 10 include Emiliano Zapata, Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Andres Quintana Roo, Flores Magon and Flamingos. The director of Civil Protections says that numerous other areas are at risk for partial flooding, where water may reach road-level but not exceed it.
Although there are no exact figures as to how many mananzas are included in the high-risk zone, urban development says they suspect nearly 8 percent of these colonies repeatedly flood on an annual basis.
The heavy rains that presented themselves last week allowed officials to monitor and identify some of the points of concern. An application to the Directorate of Public Works of the City of Cozumel was made in January for upgrades to these island areas. The applications are still being processed.