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Flooding in Mexico

Flooding in Mexico

Rough weather in Guadalajara

Rough weather in Guadalajara

Here in the grasslands, we are dry half the year and wet the other half.  And in rainy season, sometimes we have floods.  If people would learn not to throw garbage in the canals, many lives could be saved.

July 25, 2007

After waiting forever for the rainy season to arrive, it is here with a bang.

The area south of Guadalajara is a flat and fertile valley nestled between the Cerro del Cuatro (which is adorned with a spiky crown of transmission antennas) and the mountains that surround the village of Tlajomulco.  The last few years have seen an explosion of growth in the area, with huge developments and the shopping malls that go along with them.  Many of these developments were built on land that is underwater and swampy during the rainy season.

We live in one of the biggest of these developments, but luckily our house is on the highest point in the valley, and the rain—which can be intense at times—runs right off to flood our neighbors.

A couple of years ago getting in and out of the valley during rainy season was a real adventure.  We sometimes made the trip driving for kilometers on a submerged road..  Of course the surface breaks up under running water, so we would perk along at 3 miles an hour, hoping we don’t drive into a deep hole or get swept away be a particularly strong current.

The infrastructure has improved considerably in the last year or so, and even with the increase in traffic, rain now rarely slows us down much.  There are drainage ditches and new bridges.

We had a very hard rain Saturday.  Unfortunately people throw garbage in the drainage canals (which are open sewers, often covered with mountains of foam—a real environmental disaster that is a fact of life here).  With the extra rain, the garbage clogged several canals, especially under our bridges.  There was extensive flooding, and seven people died, all in cars swept away and caught under bridges.

Until Mexico starts a serious program of environmental education and initiates fines for littering (a ridiculously inadequate word for the garbage dumping that goes on everywhere here—including in our park), people will continue to drown in sewage beneath garbage-choked bridges.

Not to mention the frogs and birds and fishes, who deserve a much cleaner environment.

Dan and Omar

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