Saipan remains flooded


Sodden Typhoon Cimaron may have already left Saipan but the island still remains flooded in several spots.

Although the typhoon did not hit Saipan directly, its gusty winds brought with it widespread rains that resulted in one of the worst floods the island has ever seen.

The Garapan area was particularly hit by the flood, especially in the area across the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan and by the Northern Marianas Housing Corp. Tourists and residents alike were seen wading through ankle-deep rainwater.

According to the Office of the Governor, a flash flood watch continues for the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.

The statement said that rainfall of 4 to 8 inches, with heavier amounts locally, is still expected.

Members of the community are urged not to walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters.

Individuals should avoid wading in floodwater as it may contain dangerous debris and downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.

If a vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, stay inside and if water is rising inside the vehicle, seek refuge on the roof.

Individuals living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop and clear any debris around drainage areas.

The community is encouraged to continue to practice caution on the road as heavy rain is still expected to occur throughout the Marianas.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres is advising residents of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota to stay informed on the latest statements and advisories that will be available through local media.

A high surf advisory remains in effect until 6am today and a high risk of rip currents is seen until then. Southwesterly swell and wind waves will continue to produce hazardous surf and a high risk of rip currents along west facing reefs through Wednesday morning.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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