Floods, power outage force some Yokota residents to evacuate
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 23, 2016
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – Residents of several housing towers at a western Tokyo air base are being evacuated after flooding caused by Typhoon Mindulle knocked out power Monday afternoon.
Buildings 4300, 4301, 4302, 4303 and 4305 on Yokota Air Base’s east side lost electricity after Mindulle – the first typhoon to roar ashore in the metropolitan area in 16 years – made landfall south of Tokyo. The storm triggered floods, disrupted travel and kept some U.S. military bases, including Yokota, on lockdown before being downgraded to a tropical depression Tuesday morning.
“We don’t have an exact timeframe on when power will be restored,” Capt. Mark Lazane, 374th Airlift Wing public affairs chief, said in an email to Stars and Stripes. “It depends on the amount of damage done to the electrical system, and that won’t be known until the systems are dried out.”
The installation commander-directed evacuation asked affected residents to report to a processing line at Yokota’s Enlisted Club on Tuesday afternoon to receive temporary quarters.