2 towns in Puerto Rico evacuated as dam fails, flash flood emergency declared

DAILY SABAH WITH AP
ISTANBUL
Published 22.09.2017 22:05
Updated 22.09.2017 22:08
A man walks in his house which was destroyed by Hurricane Maria, in Catano town, Juana Matos, Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017. (AFP Photo)
A man walks in his house which was destroyed by Hurricane Maria, in Catano town, Juana Matos, Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017. (AFP Photo)

The National Weather Service said late Friday that the Guajataca Dam is failing in western Puerto Rico and buses are evacuating people "as quickly as they can" as flash floods are about the hit the island.

The government called the situation "extremely dangerous."

The weather service office in San Juan has said dam operators reported at 2:10 p.m. that the dam at the northern end of Lake Guajataca in the northwest corner of Puerto Rico was failing and causing flash flooding downstream.

Puerto Rico has been going through a harsh time as natural disasters hit the island. The insular U.S. territory faced another night of darkness Friday, two days after Hurricane Maria hurled rain and wind at the U.S. territory and knocked out its electricity grid. Residents feared power could be out for weeks - or even months - and wondered how their battered island would cope.

Some of the island's 3.4 million residents planned to come to the U.S. to temporarily escape the desolation left by the destruction. At least in the short term, though, the soggy misery will continue: additional rain - up to 6 inches - is expected through Saturday.

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