Update 9: Sep19, 2010. A landslide has been reported on HWY 200 near San Quintin on the stretch between Bucerias and Sayulita. Only one lane is open. Extreme caution is advised. If possible, Proteccion Civil recommends avoiding HWY 200 at this point do to the fact that tit is raining intensely in the area and more landslides are expected. This comes only 13 days after severe flash floods affected the communities along HWY 200 and around Banderas Bay.
Update 8: Watch the Flood Update Video at El Guamuchil here. A community united against adversity.
Update 7: Watch the Sayulita Flooding Update video here. See how people are dealing with the flood, hear their stories.
Update 6: Learn how people are coping with the flood. Homes are lost, damages homes, loss of property. Read more at Today at the Flood Scene.
Update 5: Relief efforts by PEACE Update. New Puerto Vallarta drop-off location for supplies. See below.
Update 4: September 10, 12:18 P.M. Unofficial reports state that between 20 and 30 homes were washed out in Sayulita. Roger Burten from Sayulita Investment Realty (SIR) reported that heavy machinery is clearing the roads, and that many homes are filled with mud and debris. Some homes have with up to 3 feet of mud. During the flood, the river appeared to have widened and changed course, resulting in many landowners losing land to the river. Runoffs are still going 20 to 30 mph in the river and nearby creeks. There is a need for cleanup crews in town; volunteer labor is welcome. The road to Higuera Blanca, about 3 miles from Sayulita, lost about 150 meters due to erosion. Many homes in the ranches nearby were swept away and some livestock drowned. Highway 200 is open, with 4 spots between Sayulita and Bucerias where the road is limited to one lane. Reports state that traffic is flowing quite well despite the complications. Crews have restored water service to downtown Sayulita. Homeowners who are away from Sayulita should contact their property managers to assess the damages.
Update 3: To help flood victims through coordinated PEACE efforts, read below.
Update 2: September 10, 9:30 A.M. After another landslide on Highway 200 at approximately midnight last night at Km 130, the highway was closed overnight. It was re-opened around 8:00 A.M. this morning. More details on Sayulita coming soon.
Update 1: September 10, 9:20 A.M. PEACE spent the day yesterday helping community members, students, and teachers clean up Higuera Blanca and Litibu, two small communities in Nayarit that were hit hard by the rains. If you'd like to help, several donation spots have been set up; read more from PEACE:
"Due to the recent heavy rains in the area, there have been several towns to the north who are dealing with fallen bridges and flooding and are in need of aid. There are many families who lost their homes in the flood, many without access to supplies, and many of the roads in and out of the towns are closed. The situation is improving, but we all still need to work together to get these communities what they need at a time like this.
There are several drop-off locations around the Bay that have been set up to help these communities. You can bring dry food, water, gas for cooking, pillows, blankets, diapers, bleach, cleaning supplies, clothes to these drop off locations and they will be shipped to the towns in need (via panga or truck). At this point, the towns with the most need are San Pancho, Sayulita, San Ignacio, Guamuchil and Higuera Blanca. The drop off points are below. Thank you for your donations and your help - together we can make it happen!!"
Update 5: PEACE Relief Efforts update:
El Sofa Café
Sra. Amaranta - 223-8446, Calle Carranza - In front of Deli & Papeleria Limon
Zona Romantica, Closed Saturdays, Domingo 930-3, Mon-Fri 930-630
Laurie Ailsworth – 322.297.6564 – email@example.com, Vallarta Yacht Club
Paseo de los Cocoteros (next to Paradise Village Mall)
- Sue Fornoff & Harold Sokolove – 329.298.2053, Sioux4noff@aol.com
- Pie in the Sky – 329.298.0838, Heroe de Nacozari #202 (lateral Hwy 200) Bucerias
Open 7 days a week from 9am-10pm
- Casa Tranquila
Jose Maria Morelos 7, Bucerias
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Lori Wilson – 329.295.5502 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Coral #8, esquina Huachinano, La Cruz
Punta de Mita
Tanya Diaz & Anibal Morales - 329.291.5315
Hotel Quinta Del Sol, Hidalgo 162 PTE
In the towns of Guamuchil, San Ignacio & San Quentin we are working with the local leaders and the judges. In Sayulita we are working directly with the Costa Verde School and in San Pancho we are working directly with Entreamigos – both of them already have an organized system in place for distribution amongst the community members.
We are running mostly land trips to distribute the supplies and will be moving from Puerto Vallarta north picking up at the drop off points along the way. The Puerto Vallarta 4x4 Club and other individuals have volunteered to transport the supplies.
There has been a very rapid response from everyone and we have already made several deliveries to the towns and communities in need. Much help is still needed. We need volunteers to help with physical labor in the towns, donate panga trips to take supplies, help with cleanups and much more. Please contact one of us at PEACE if you are interested in helping in any of these ways.
Molly Fisher – 322.138.5064
Nicole Majewski – 322.182.3185
Nikhol Esteras-Roberts – 322.150.7620
The supplies that are need are:
Diapers & Baby formula
Bleach & Cleaning Supplies
Bedding & sheets
See below for an amazing photo gallery of PEACE's clean-up efforts yesterday taken by Nova Pennison and Nikhol Esterás Roberts.
Original Story: September 10, 9:15 A.M. Over the past two weeks, the area has been pummeled by heavy rains, which have caused a number of bridge collapses, mudslides, flooding, and damages to roads. Recovery efforts have begun in earnest. Stay tuned to this page for the latest on what's being done, how you can help, and the status of the roads.
To get caught up on the story so far, please see our archive of coverage, sorted from newest to oldest: