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All government offices on Rota will reopen today, Sept. 13, 2018. Government offices on Tinian and Saipan resumed normal operations yesterday, Sept. 12.
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The Marianas Visitors Authority advised yesterday that the Rota Coconut Festival scheduled for Sept. 13-15 will be cancelled this year to focus on the recovery of Rota following Typhoon Mangkhut.
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The Saipan office of the U.S. Postal Service reopened yesterday, but the Rota post office remains closed; this office will reopen when USPS has determined that it is safe to resume operations.
The Guam main post office in Barrigada will reopen for business as usual; all other Guam postal facilities remain closed; street and P.O. box mail delivery, and mail collection from USPS mail boxes will resume.
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The CNMI Judiciary resumed operations on Saipan and Tinian yesterday, but the Rota Judicial Center will remain closed until further notice due to the limited infrastructure amenities and ongoing recovery efforts.
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The American Memorial Park is once again open. According to an advisory yesterday, it said that the park’s Visitor Center is open every day from 9am to 5pm and park grounds and restrooms are open for the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Bank of Guam said yesterday that its Rota branch will resume operations today, Sept. 13.
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All CNMI public schools resumed classes yesterday, with the exception of all Rota schools and the Rota Head Start Center.
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There was an emergency water service interruption in the San Vicente and Papago areas yesterday due to a leak on the 2-inch water mainline fronting IT&E’s substation in Kagman.
As a result of the damaged waterline, water caould not be distributed to the Kagman booster station that supplies water to the Papago, San Vicente and Dandan water tanks.
Water operations personnel made the necessary repairs and expect to complete work by noon yesterday and water services were expected to be available by 6pm last night. However, water pressure was expected to be low. Customers should expect normal water pressure this morning at 6am.
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Karidat Social Services would like to inform the public that the national Disaster Distress Helpline for emotional support is available for residents experiencing distress or other mental health concerns triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut at 1-800-985-5990. More information and resources may also be found at http://1.usa.gov/1G1Q2VG .
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The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality-Coastal Resources Management continues to lead efforts in collecting green waste for the Saipan community to take advantage of between the hours of 8am and 4:30pm. If you or your family have debris to dispose of consisting of fallen trees and branches, you may do so at the As Gonno location. No lumber or household trash will be accepted. Call Merrill Ayuyu at 287-1487 or Jacob Lizama at 287-8535 for more information.
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The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. continues to work around the clock to ensure power and water are restored at the soonest time possible and that it is done so in a safe manner. Contact CUC’s Trouble Desk at 664-4282 for more feeder information about your area.
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In Guam, the Guam Animals In Need, or GAIN, and the Humane Society International held a free clinic yesterday morning for animals injured by Typhoon Mangkhut.
Three visiting veterinarians from Humane Society International staffed the GAIN clinic, along with GAIN’s team of veterinary technicians. People were urged to bring their animals to the GAIN animal shelter in Yigo.
The clinic was free, but GAIN welcomed donations (cat food, dog food, kitty and puppy food, kitty litter, dry erase markers, towels, and cleaning supplies).
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The University of Guam reopened yesterday. Classes and campus activities were held as scheduled. For activities that have been postponed, check with the event organizer. For further updates check www.uog.edu/updates or the official UOG Facebook and Twitter. 
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Guam Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-Guam) wrote President Donald Trump yesterday to request that he approve a federal emergency declaration for Guam following Typhoon Mangkhut.
A federal emergency declaration would allow federal resources to be made available to assist Guam and local families and businesses with recovery efforts.
Bordallo requested that the President direct FEMA to authorize hazard mitigation, public assistance, and individual assistance for Guam. 
“A federal emergency declaration would make federal resources available to assist our community with recovery efforts after Typhoon Mengkhut,” said Bordallo in a statement “I appreciate FEMA’s support in deploying personnel to help coordinate recovery efforts. I encourage the President to also approve for federal financial assistance to be made available so that our families and entire community can get back to normal as soon as possible.”
It was not immediately learned if Gov. Eddie Calvo made a similar request for Guam. Trump has already approved the emergency declaration for the CNMI on Tuesday, soon after Mangkhut hit the Commonwealth.

Saipan Tribune

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