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Late yesterday, October 28, 2015 El Matal, Jama, Ecuador

Late yesterday, October 28, 2015 El Matal, Jama, Ecuador Pat Godkin inspects a neighbor’s frontage. The ocean advanced last night, and crews are working to prepare for the next high tide.

El Matal, Jama, Manabi Ecuador

My friend Dady and I visited El Matal late yesterday out of concern for the property owners at El Matal.   The waves were dramatic, but it seemed that the worst was behind for this month.

Waves Slamming Waves - There's a force at work when the waves slam the rocks then ricochet back to sea  with equal force.

Homeowner Paul Hughes looks down the line of homes after another wave slammed the narrowing space between his home and the ocean.

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Waves Slamming Waves – There’s a force at work when the waves slam the rocks then ricochet back to sea with equal force.

This morning a friend wrote to say, “We got slammed last night…” so I am sharing a few images from this morning and will be back with more updates.

The same house as the above photo as the crew repairs beneath the pool and fill new sand bags.

Crew repair the areas beneath the pool and fill new sand bags.

Homeowners talk with an official (foreground) while Mayor/Alcade Angel Rojas inspects the changes.

Homeowners talk with an the Jama’s Director of Public Works (foreground) while Mayor/Alcade Angel Rojas  (white shirt in background) inspects the changes.

No Words Needed - Body English Speaks Volumes.

No Words Needed- Body English Speaks Volumes.

The port captain, (on 4-wheeler) has his own problems on the other end.

The port captain, (on 4-wheeler) has his own problems.  Right now their boat is stranded.

This reminds me of how people suddenly flock to an estate sale – or when a restaurant or store announces that they plan to close their doors due to slow business.   Now that it’s almost too late to help, concerned officials have arrived.

Yesterday this patio was intact.  Last night, the ocean rearranged the setting.

Yesterday this patio was intact. Last night, the ocean rearranged the setting.

Low tide this morning...

Low tide this morning…

 

 

I am almost finished with a story about one of the owners, who is sitting beside me right now because her home —   well, let’s save that for the next post.

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Thanks, all of you for your concern.  It’s very serious here, and we hear there’s a swell coming from Hawaii.  Does anyone know about this?  The last “north swell” arrived almost two years ago and was the one that took most of the beach.

Z

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