29 Dec 2009

Flooding leads to evacuation of a family in American Samoa

10:01 am on 29 December 2009

In American Samoa, a family of 12 in Faleniu were evacuated after their home was flooded in knee-deep water last night.

The Emergency Operations Center said the family blamed a new road in the village as the cause of the flooding.

They were moved to a guest house in the village to spend the night and the EOC staff are checking this morning to see if they need to be moved elsewhere.

The EOC says it received calls from other families too.

The National Weather Service says a convergence zone lying between Samoa and American Samoa is generating heavy showers and the system is expected to remain for a few days.

The amount of rainfall over the last two days has made this December wetter than normal.

As of this morning the amount of rainfall recorded at Tafuna was 21.41 inches, which is more than 8 inches higher than the norm for December of 13.38 inches.