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Santo Domingo transit collapses to heavy rains

In three hours more rain fell in Greater Santo Domingo than half of an entire rainy month, which collapsed the transit in the city, according to the measurements of the central station of the National Directorate of Meteorology.

In those three hours, 70 millimeters of water fell on Santo Domingo and the National District, when the average in the month of November averaged 132 millimeters, according to those statistics.

Roads such as 27 de Febrero, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln and Máximo Gómez avenues, which cross the city north-south and east-west, have become impossible to reach, a situation that is worsened by the desperation of drivers who have taken all the lanes. to try to move forward, but blocking traffic.

The concentration of rain in this demarcation is even more remarkable if one takes into account that the Las Américas station (at the Airport) barely registered three millimeters of rain in that same period.

“In addition, we must take into consideration that last October there were also many rains, so the soils in the area were already saturated with water”, explained Gloria Ceballos, director of Meteorology.

The official reported that the rains will continue to be felt until Saturday in Greater Santo Domingo.

Since 5:00 in the afternoon this Friday, a tropical wave and a low pressure system have coincided over this demarcation.

Almost all the streets and avenues of the National District and the Province of Santo Domingo have been flooded, which has chaoticed traffic during the hours that are usually peak on normal days.

Ceballos explained that the combination of these two atmospheric phenomena that usually bring large amounts of rain alone is responsible for the fact that a large amount of rain has fallen in a short time.

The high level of rainfall has overwhelmed the capacity of the sewage system, to such a level that the waters have flooded buildings, houses, parking lots, commercial premises and public spaces.

Gloria Ceballos explained that Greater Santo Domingo will be impacted by this phenomenon until Saturday night and that it will be on Sunday when it begins to normalize, although the weather instability will continue.

In the Los Prados sector, the floods have trapped a large number of vehicles under the accumulated water.

In El Malecón de Santo Domingo, small vehicles have difficulties to transit because the pluvial system does not have the capacity to dispense accumulated water.

The City Hall of the National District announced that more than 100 brigades are in the streets uncovering the capital’s drainage grids, many of which are clogged by the garbage carried by the water from the containers.

The floods are affecting even some subway stations as the water begins to go down the stairs as the surface streets flood.


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