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Holbox returns: Island up and running after passing of destructive cold front

Holbox, Q.R. — The island of Holbox has returned to a near-normal after being battered by strong winds and lapping waves. After the passing of cold front 32, authorities toured the island as part of damage control to help repair and restore damaged infrastructure.

“Friday in Holbox we supervised rehabilitation work after the passage of the Cold Front 32. Electricity and water services are 100 percent restored thanks to the joint effort of the authorities and, above all, the community.

“In addition, we delivered blankets and food supplies to the affected families and we guaranteed the supply of medicine to the Health Center.

Business areas were left with shin-deep standing seawater on their streets. All photos: Govt. QR. February 9, 2024.

“With the coordinated collaboration of the municipal, state and federal government, our island is recovering quickly and is ready to welcome those who wish to enjoy its natural charms and gastronomy,” Governor Mara Lezama said.

Six CAPA crews worked to pump standing water from island streets.

Authorities toured the island taking note of flooded homes and streets as well as structural damage to town businesses and beach areas.

Smaller pumps were used to remove seawater from side streets.

State Civil Protection reported taking two days to clear away debris such as fallen trees and broken branches due to the cold front’s wind. More than 120 tons of garbage was collected and three damaged water lines repaired.

Holbox streets were left looking like a muddy seabed.

At least six large pumps were set up in streets to clear the roads since some were left with standing water that was knee-deep in some areas.

According to the Lázaro Cárdenas City Council, approximately 70 percent of the island was left under water after the front passed. The flooding was due to seawater, not rain, since the front passed without rainfall. A majority of Holbox endured hours of strong winds that pushed seawater over roads and into yards that eventually flooded homes.

The island’s famous “HO BOX” sign has been restored.

“A lot of wind hit us, a lot of water fell on us, but we are ready. Everything is open, with 80 percent occupancy and 100 percent services,” said Lezama after touring the island and personally serving its residents.

Collapsed beach palapas (for now) have been replaced with large sun umbrellas. Photo: February 9, 2024.

With the ongoing cleanup efforts, Holbox hotels, restaurants and commercial establishments are operating normally again.