The residents of the El Álamo neighborhood in Guaynabo, near the Los Frailes stream, have lived with epic flooding-related problems. After Hurricane María, the situation got worse. As a result of these floods, the municipality, under a court ruling issued after the neighbors sued, must have an excavator ready in the area every time it rains, said Mayor Ángel Pérez Otero. About 10 houses in the Meliá León sector, which are close to the creek, have also been affected by floods for more than three decades, according to resident Maritza Rosas, who has lived there for 62 years. The municipality, part of the San Juan Metro Area, has a mitigation project submitted for the consideration of the Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resiliency (COR3) to build a new bridge, which would solve the problems caused by the floods. The existing bridge, which connects to the complex comprising about 200 houses, backs up quickly because of its low height, the Mayor said.