As the Chapala municipal government continues cleaning up Ajijic neighborhoods struck by flash floods and debris slides at dawn on Tuesday, October 5, the local populace has stepped up to the plate to support 683 people directly affected by storm damage.
Areas on the western outskirts of the town that took the worst hits spanned Villa Lucerna, Alceseca, Canacinta and La Cristina to the municipality’s boundary at La Mojonera. The new Chapala administration promptly mobilized a fleet of 38 dump trucks and backhoes to begin clearing mud, rubble and refuse off the main highway, the bike path (ciclovia) and entry ways to adjacent homes and residential compounds. The effort has continued into this week, including work to reopen side roads feeding into neighborhoods situated below the highway. As of Tuesday, more than 5,000 cubic meters of waste material had been removed.
Chapala Mayor Alejandro Aguirre and his staff also hustled to install a new Civil Protection Council empowered to solicit resources from the State Fund for Natural Disasters (Foeden) to be used to assess and restore damaged homes and infrastructure. The request was drawn up and duly filed with Jalisco’s Civil Protection and Firefighters Unit (UEPCyBJ) in time to meet the requisite 48-hour deadline.