650 Houses Affected By Flooding In Provinces of Panama and Colon
Monday, November 26 2012 @ 02:24 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
According to the director of the institution, Arturo Alvarado, collection centers will not be established in any of the places where people have been affected, because the state will provide assistance to all of the affected families.
He said the preventative release of water from the Gatun and Madden dams by the Panama Canal Authority were not the cause of the floods that occurred.
Alvarado also disagreed with the measure adopted by the Mayor of La Chorrera to suspend the parades, saying the mayor should have consulted with him before making the decision, and the SINAPROC would have advised him if the measure was necessary or not. (Panama America)
Editor's Comment: All of this flooding is being caused by heavy rain storms that basically stall over one place. They dump incredible amounts of water on a relatively small area in a short period of time. It's simply too much water for the normal rivers and streams to deal with, so they leave their banks. These are more like flash floods than anything else. In Panamanian Spanish they call it a "cabeza de agua" (a head of water), the term used to describe the rapidly rising waters of a river, stream, or creek. The water comes up very quickly - in a matter of just a few minutes - and your house that was once high and dry now has water up to the roof. Normally the rain stops within a few hours, and then 12 to 24 hours later the water is gone. Residents who had their houses flooded have lost everything, all of their earthly belonging destroyed by the water. They are now left to try to clean up and start over. The problem is, you never know exactly where these massive dumps of water will occur. You might have a creek or stream behind your house that has never flooded like this in all of the collective memories of all area residents. Then one of these storms comes along and you're reaching for a snorkel...