Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Heavy rains that have hit the region yet again has resulted in several municipalities activating Operation Storm emergency protocol, with police and Civil Protection out in full force.
In Cancun, Operation Storm was set into motion around 5:00 a.m. after heavy rain flooded streets and outed traffic lights. Members of the city’s fire department worked hand-in-hand with personnel from Civil Protection to clear street drains in a bid to keep up with the rainfall.
Authorities report that on Monday, nine trees had fallen that required firemen assistance, while a seven-meter stretch of roadway in SM 90 was turned into a temporary lake. In Fractionation Santa Fe, a 3-meter long pool of water gathered, making passage challenging.
“We have been operating since 5 in the morning. We have 400 active city workers cleaning the drainage wells. We are working throughout the city, mostly in Cruise, Yaxchilan, Portillo, Kabah, Route 4 and 5 where there are often problems. We are working there,” said Ricardo Hernández Montiel, director of pozos y limpieza de playas for Cancun.
Some traffic lights around Cancun were also affected by the continual deluge of rainfall. Lights were out at Andrés Quintana Roo Avenue with Tepich as well as at Nichupté Avenue with La Luna. Support was provided to several citizens who experienced mechanical failures due to flooding.
The arrival of 40 to 50 km/hour winds saw the Regional Captaincy suspend sea navigation to all types of nautical tourism, however, they were still allowed on the Nichupté Lagoon.
On Isla Mujures, the director of Protección Civil y Bomberos, Merced Ortiz Maya, said that the arrival of the latest cold front has all authorities on standby.
Elements of the General Directorate of Civil Protection and Solidaridad Firefighters attended numerous reports of waterlogging in various parts of Playa del Carmen as a result of the rainfall that began Monday afternoon.
Civil Protection, firefighters, public services and Public Safety and Transit remain on call for emergency situations with the forecast of more heavy rainfall. In Playa del Carmen, the Ejido, Luis Donaldo Colosio and Centro colonies have reported major flooding.
According to Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua), heavy rains remain in the forecast for the northern and eastern regions including Yucatán and Quintana Roo.