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    Posted September 6, 2010 by
    San Pancho, Mexico

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    San Pancho Bridge Collapses Outside of Puerto Vallarta


    Update 2: Life continues in San Pancho as today, Monday, September 6th, authorities and crews managed to set up a pedestrian bridge (see picture below) to grant access to people in and out of San Pancho. Vehicles will not be able to leave or enter San Pancho until the bridge is repaired. No timeline for vehicular access has been issued.


    Update 1: Sunday, September 5th: At km 125  on HWY 200, a large land slide covered both sides of the road. Traffic is being re-routed from Sayulita, towards Punta de Mita, through La Cruz continuing on to Bucerias. Bahia de Banderas mayor Hector Paniagua commented that the water washed away at the foundations of the highway and that it will require mayor repairs. No timeline is available as of now. Until the road is repaired, all traffic will have to divert to Punta de Mita to cross this area. **


    * Watch our flood update video here. *


    As a result of the continued rains in Riviera Nayarit this morning, the San Pancho Bridge collapsed. Witnesses say that the flow of water swept several Huanacaxtle trees towards the bridge last night. The bridge finally caved in after sustaining enormous pressure from the water and debris that continually pushed against it.

    Bahia de Banderas Mayor Hector Paniagua was present at the scene this morning and explained that they will attempt to build a pedestrian bridge as soon as possible to re-establish communication with San Pancho. People were urged to stay clam and to stay away from the edge of the river due to concerns of more land slides.


    Gerardo Navarrete from Riviera Tours commented that people getting in to San Pancho hotels or leaving to catch their flights were taking pangas or water taxis from San Pancho to Sayulita and vice-versa. He also explained that the road from Sayulita to Punta de Mita had been affected by land slides and that crews there were trying to open the road for larger vehicles to cross.


    Veronica Vanin from Fabio and Veronica in San Pancho mentioned that her child's school is across the bridge on the other side of the road. She is assuming that they will spend some days at home and she is preparing for that. In the meantime, she is babysitting the children of some friends who went to a wedding in Chacala. She said she phoned them last night and told them not to come pick their kids up because the bridge was gone. “They will need to get a panga to come pick up their children.” At the end of our conversation Veronica mentioned that they are calm, that they understand that this is mother nature’s doing, and that they will wait to see how she decides to play things out and follow suit.


    The community of El Guamuchil is also cut off from communication, as their bridge is also inaccessible due to its ramps being washed out by the water flow.


    The restaurant La Laguna in Nuevo Vallarta is now part of the lagoon as the lagoon overflowed. The restaurant's tables and kitchen are all standing in about a foot and a half of water.


    In Puerto Vallarta, streets were flooded in the Villa de Guadalupe, Bobadilla and la Floresta Neighborhoods. Landslides were reported on HWY 200 south of Puerto Vallarta at el Nogalito and Garza Blanca obstructing one lane of the highway. In the 12 Octubre neighborhood, a power line and its post were down.


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