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Islanders flee dam in danger

Many towns fail to receive alarm

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was originally published September 23, 2017 at 3:45 a.m. Updated September 23, 2017 at 3:45 a.m.

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Vehicles travel a flooded road Friday after Hurricane Maria passed through Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, where thousands of people were evacuated when the gates of the Rio La Plata Dam were opened.

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National Guard soldiers evacuate residents Friday in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rican officials rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam and said they could not reach more than half the towns in the U.S. territory as the scale of the disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria started to become clear Friday.

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National Guard soldiers evacuate residents Friday in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.

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