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Areas of Cancun, Isla Mujeres flooded due to weekend arrival of front

Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Thunderstorms landed the region from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen and down to Tulum over the weekend, bringing much-needed rain.

City brigades were out clearing absorption wells as the rain began to pour down onto the entire region.

“Strong winds, rains and electrical storms are due to arrive with the 60th cold front along the Yucatan Peninsula, affecting Cancun”, noted the Director of Civil Protection, Antonio Riveroll Ribbon before the storms made their official appearance.

He says approximately 150 city workers were out clearing streets and cleaning wells in preparation for the storm that did arrive.

“All the directorates and coordinators of public services are involved. We also have 100 workers ready for the night shift if necessary,” said the head of the agency, José Luis Castro Garibay.

In a short public announcment, Cancun’s mayor Mara Lezama Espinoza said “there is no better recommendation than that of staying at home, either as a preventive measure to avoid becoming infected or of having a mishap due to the rains.”

The bad weather entered the region Saturday, however, the heavy rains were experienced mostly on Sunday with some areas of Cancun reporting temporary morning power outages. Electricity was restored by CFE personnel by the afternoon.

The director of Civil Protection for Isla Mujeres, Merced Ortiz, pointed out that his personnel have made tours of the critical points of the island in addition to attending to citizen reports derived from the rains.

“We are working in a preventative manner to avoid having island families and their property affected by the storm. We urge everyone to stay home and avoid throwing garbage on the streets to avoid obstructing the drains,” he said.

With the arrival of the storm, Cancun city council announced the felling of several trees with reports of 80 km/h winds along the coastal zone. Riveroll Ribbon commented that due to the closure of avenues and the low influx in the streets, the effects were less, however, people were still asked to not leave their homes unless it was necessary.