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RiverBank

Hurricane Recovery Is Very Slow

by RiverBank »

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randymon

RE: Hurricane Recovery Is Very Slow

by randymon »

Care to elaborate?  I'm headed there in 4 weeks.  Amenities / airport damage?  etc.  Thanks.

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RiverBank

RE: Hurricane Recovery Is Very Slow

by RiverBank »

Mostly road damage - the roads are nearly impassable. As we hovered over Baja preparing to land, I couldn't imagine why all the cars below were going incredibly slowly on a particular stretch of road over a wide (500 yard) washout clearly caused by the hurricane the week before.

When we landed all the rental cars were muddy, and some had cracked windows. We had to be really nice to the rental car company to give us one that wasn't.

When we headed out on the highway, we saw the problem. The roads which have been affected turn into washerboards with wales about a foot deep by 2 feet wide. You can't go more than 1-2 miles per hour on them. Car lineups are about a mile long. It's hard enough to move about town, and you can forget going to outlying areas. 

I must give Baja restaurant owners credit - the food wasn't affected and we ate well.

But we had planned on going to some of the outlying towns and weren't able to go there at all.

There was only one road crew workiing on the whole area. They were putting down asphalt which gave off fumes I found to be an extreme allergen. It took me more than a month back home to recover.

A hint to those driving after a hurricane: Never pass the road plow. You don't want to drive over a road before it's been flattened.

Best of luck.

Oh, and by the way, the website Cabocam always showed a beautiful sunset, even during the hurricane or at night.

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