Update: February 11, 2010
Last week's disaster in Mexico's monarch butterfly region continues to be our focus and concern. Students can send moral support by writing letters. Those who want to send financial support can contribute to Journey North's fundraising drive as described below. In the days ahead, we expect to hear how the severe weather affected the monarch butterflies. Scientists are concerned to know whether the forests provided adequate protection.
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Scenes from Angangueo
Flooding of downtown Angangueo
This video 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.
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Letters of Support
On Friday, 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.
Estela Romero, 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:
The government 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.
The Next Monarch Update Will be Posted on February 18, 2010