Tropical Storm Jimena, San Carlos - Prairie SeaShell Sea Stories

 
PSS survives Jimena
  Prairie SeaShell survives Tropical Storm Jimena.
[Webmaster] Don told me he was going down to San Carlos early to do some boat repairs before Lynn & him set sail. He sent me this email:

I have been in San Carlos since early Sunday (6 September, 2009). Right after the storm.

Attached are some pictures at the boat storage yard.

It's going to be awhile before water and power are restored. Over 26 inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours along with wind gusts up to 80 km/h.

I didn't even know there was a little creek behind the boat yard, but it over flowed big time. With so much rain falling in such a short period of time, it washed down all kinds of tree roots, rocks and cactus from the side of the mountain.

Its going to be hard to get all the work done that I had planed.

PSS is still standing on her stands. No water inside either. Others were not so lucky. (Are you in the market for cheap boat with only a little water damage? I'm sure there will a few for sale).

The Mexicans are working like crazy in this heat to remove thousands and thousands of tons of dirt from the boat yard. It was like big snow drifts some 3 feet deep.

San Carlos boat yard after Jimena
Car buried in the mud.
San Carlos boat yard
This was the largest of the boats that fell over - right on the end of a row.
 
San Carlos boat yard
  San Carlos boat yard after Tropical Storm Jimena.
San Carlos boat yard
The keel broke right off of this smaller boat. Keel bolts snapped right off.
 
San Carlos boat yard after Jimena
 San Carlos boat yard after Tropical Storm Jimena.
San Carlos boat yard
This car was buried in tree rubble, and the remains of the paving stones from out front of the Marina Seca office.
 
San Carlos boat yard
 This power boat was washed off of it's trailer.
YouTube Video of San Carlos and Jimena.
 
The huricane eye passed over Santa Rosalia then the rain clouds separated from the eye and continued on and passed over San Carlos/Guaymas.
 
The eye doubled back and passed over Santa Rosalia the secound time then died.
 
Here are some pictures from a boater who lived through the storm there.
 

San Carlos, September 10, 2009

 
San Carlos new power lines
 San Carlos new power lines.
Hurricane issues aside, I'm here for a month now, and I have to make the best of it. I have a long list of "To Do's" and the first item on the list is to get new batteries.
 
So, off to the LTH Battery store in Guaymas to practice my Spanish and see if I can order 4 new golf cart batteries.
 
This is now four days after the storm, but many of the streets are still flooded, and most of the shop keepers are busy cleaning up.
 
Fortunately the battery store is on high ground and they were open for business and they understood exactly what I wanted. They said they would deliver them to my boat in San Carlos and they would take the old ones away.
 
Delivering and taking away the old batteries required that they climb up the ladder on to PSS and wait while I disconnect the old batteries so they can carry them down the ladder. These batteries weigh about 50 or 60 pounds, so this was no easy task, especially in the 35 degrees temperatures. However, mission accomplished, and I now have a little power on board, which is more than I can say for San Carlos.

Crews for power and water were brought in from neighbouring cities and worked quickly to restore water and power to the town of San Carlos. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite so fast at Marina Seca, power and water were not fully restored until 4 days before I was due to go back to Calgary.

I was able to work for about 4 hours inside the boat, with a fan blowing directly on me.

I am told that the whole sewage system was washed away, so even if they truck water in, which is what everyone in San Carlos is doing, they can't flush toilets and the shower consists of a garden house leading out of a tank on the roof. They have some porta potties for the workers now.

Hope to get PSS moved to the workyard Tuesday, might have AC (power) by then. Some big boats were being moved around in the work yard this morning, so that front end loaders could get at the dirt.
 
They are hauling the dirt to a field to the southeast which is about 10 acres and another field to the southwest, about another 2 or three acres. They have covered both fields to a depth of about 10 feet and there is still a lot of dirt to be moved.
 
Marina seca new power line
 Marina seca, new power line installation.
Concrete sign: Marina Seca
 Concrete sign says Marina Seca.
 
Power line
 Where the power line was buried at the other side of the road. You can see that about 10 feet of dirt is missing along with the power line, water line, etc.
Front end loader
A very large front end loader stuck in dirt beyond the axels.
I will stay put at Deparatmentos Adlai until further progress has been made.I will be quite comfortable here until I can move onto the boat.
 
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