February 5, after extreme rainfall in central Mexico, a disastrous flood
struck the mountain town of Angangueo, Michoacan. This little town—which
is located at the center of the monarch butterfly overwintering region—sustained
extensive material damage and even human loss.
who coordinates Journey North's Symbolic Migration and whom we've come
to know through her visits to area schools, is safe, as is her family.
However, the flood destroyed their family store and the first floor of
their beautiful old family home. She wrote on Saturday:
river running inside our house was jammed with rocks which cracked the
structure of our house. The whole ground floor is totally flooded and
lost. Our store is also totally flooded and lost. Our cars and truck
were taken away by water. We were trapped and were taken out from the
back part or our home by a group of courageous town young boys who were
among the very few volunteers still remaining in town. I felt we had
little possibility to survive if the rain did not stop. I could not
imagine how we would spend the night in the house, since the height
of the water was rising and enormous rocks were being carried with the
of Mexico has declared Angangueo a disaster area and thousands of people
in the area have been evacuated to nearby towns. The roads into and out
of the area, and up the mountain to the sanctuaries, have been damaged
extensively by landslides. The rainfall lasted over 48 hours and was the
heaviest in 25 years, according to Mexican authorities.
We will provide information about disaster relief just as soon as possible,
for those who would like to send assistance to our friends in Angangueo
and the surrounding communities.
in downtown Angangueo
clip shows the Romero's store and home (front left). It was taken
after peak flooding. The stains on the buildings show the high water mark.
video contains footage of Angangueo during the evacuation.