Restaurant owners ask city to enlarge the Piedra Barrenada stream bed due to the risk of flooding
Path of the channeled creek at Piedra Barrenada. Photo: Héctor Ruiz.
Héctor Ruiz Mejía (Jocotepec).- Restaurant owners of the tourist-gastronomic zone of Piedra Barrenada, in San Juan Cosalá, demanded the authorities of Jocotepec take precautions in the creek near the area.
Although authorities assured that work had already been carried out to channel the creek to two outlets, one of the streams passes by the Las Gaviotas restaurant. This has caused the owners to “feel concerned.”
The owner of one of the most affected restaurants, who asked for anonymity, pointed out that after the October 5 downpour, he registered losses of more than 280 thousand pesos (approx. $14,200 US) due to the damage caused by the landslide, «it has been a poorly executed intervention,» he commented.
The restaurateur explained that the depth of the channel is barely over one meter in height so as soon as the rains begin, this section is prone to overflowing due to its shallowness.
«I even sent up a drone to capture what happened in the last storm. Due to the amount of water that fell, the channel became like a lagoon, when it could not hold any more water, all those liters and liters of water flowed out,» he said.
Other businessmen consulted also said they were worried about this coming rainy season. They fear a repetition of last October’s situation, where they not only lost real estate, but one of the restaurateurs was almost swept away by the waterspout.
«Everything, everything was filled with mud and stones. The bar was filled to the top, the kitchen the same. I had to smash the main door so that all the debris would flow out and, in the attempt, I was dragged by the current. Civil Protection had to throw me a rope so that it would not wash me into the lake,” he explained.
For these reasons, they urged the Jocotepec City Hall to act on the matter and conduct the appropriate reports on the stream to rule out another possible landslide, while there is still time before the storms begin.
Translated by Nita Rudy
Subject captured for alleged robbery and kidnapping in Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos
Miguel Ángel M. is being held at the order of the Supervisory Judge. The photo is for illustrative purposes only. Photo: Internet.
Staff.-The Regional Special Prosecutor’s Office captured Miguel Ángel M, charging him with kidnapping of a truck driver and the theft of the cargo truck he was driving.
On May 15, Miguel Ángel M, in the company of other individuals, allegedly intercepted the driver of a 2016 International tractor-trailer at kilometer 29 of the major highway in Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos,in an attempt to steal the merchandise in the truck.
The complaint allowed the Public Prosecutor’s Office to carry out the investigation which led to an arrest warrant being issued for the accused, who was captured by members of the Investigative Police.
Miguel Ángel M. is being held at the order of the Supervisory Judge, Prosecution, Integral Justice for Adolescents and Criminal Execution of the Fifth Judicial District based in Chapala.
Translated by Sandy Britton
Support offered to remove waste and debris in Ajijic
Delegation staff collecting abandoned street vending clothing. Photo: Delegation Ajijic 2021-2024.
Sofía Medeles (Ajijic).- Due to the growing problem of accumulation of large items such as furniture, tires and debris in the streets of Ajijic, town staff have opted to help low-income people remove this waste.
The Ajijic acting delegate, Maximiano Macias Arceo, commented that they have already identified several areas of Ajijic, among them the streets Emiliano Zapata, Francisco Villa, or the northern part of Juárez, where oversized garbage is constantly discarded that the collection trucks do not take away.
«Armchairs, mattresses, other furniture, tires and debris, are taken out in the street, and they stay there several days. Sometimes the people who throw them away do so because they do not have the money to pay for a service to take the furniture, debris or tires, the latter are taken to specific and authorized places», commented Macías Arceo.
Because of this, he offers the support to remove them, as long as whoever requests it does not have the resources to hire a service of this type. Help can be requested at the phone number: 331-537-9134.
He added that they do not charge a fee, they only ask in exchange that, if possible, the debris be delivered in bags, and the area of the debris be clear so that it can be easily loaded onto the truck. In addition, a support «for the refreshment» of the workers because at times the workers do this work outside their normal working hours.
Translated by Christalle Dalsted