Postcard of the “Túnel del Bicentenario” of the Tigre district, where the water filled the streets as an extension of the canals and affected several cars
The rainstorm that hit the city and the province of Buenos Aires in the last few hours caused blown-up roofs, power outages, fallen trees, flooded streets and other damage in several areas of the metropolitan area. It also caused problems with flights at Ezeiza and Aeroparque.
One of the most affected parties was La Plata. The abundant fall of water and hail in various neighborhoods of the Buenos Aires capital forced many people to leave their homes. As reported by the Ministry of Community Development, more than 1,000 families had to be assisted, while the three evacuation centers were being organized: Centro Fomento Los Hornos: 137 and 63, Club Circunvalación on Avenida 7 between 77 and 78, and Melchor Romero the one on 517 street between 171 and 172.
From the early hours of this Thursday, the rains took the people of La Plata by surprise, who turned to social networks to share images and videos that captured the magnitude of the climatic event. The scenes of impassable streets, flooded houses and stranded cars began to quickly go viral.
A neighbor recorded the state of her house after the deluge this morning in La Plata. (Video: @MarielBelm49493)
According to official records, more than 130 millimeters of water fell between last night and early today. “We have broken the precipitation records in 24 hours for the city, with the aggravating circumstance that most of these precipitations have occurred in a range of 8 hours,” said the director of the Hydrometeorology Directorate of La Plata, Mauricio Saldivar .
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Faced with this scenario, that body raised the level of attention to the risk of precipitation to orange. Meanwhile, prevention tasks on public roads were intensified and work continued to clear ditches and drains, in addition to assisting families affected by flooding.
Images of the flooding in the La Plata Airport neighborhood
In the City of Buenos Aires, meanwhile, a yellow alert was in force until this afternoon. The Buenos Aires government deployed a service with the joint work of Civil Defense, Firefighters, City Police, Logistics, Volunteers, Transit, Stormwater and other departments that act in these cases.
“Several storms lined up and left a large pool of water. The northern zone is the most complicated, it is the lowest in the City and we are having some problems that we are addressing with Emergencies. But, there is a downspout in the Río de la Plata that allows the water to drain easily”, the director of Civil Defense, Alberto Carita, detailed the panorama.
The weather conditions caused total and partial street closures in the different neighborhoods. Operations were mounted for eight fallen trees, four of which ended up hitting vehicles. One of these accidents took place in Olleros and Forest, where a Honda Civic was crushed and completely destroyed.
The emergency teams also implemented a security device and perimetered the Santo Tomé area at 3000, since another tree was in danger of collapsing there. In addition, they went to the corner of Brasil and Defensa, in San Telmo, due to the fall of a sheet metal fence and lighting pole on a vehicle; Gascón at 500, in Almagro, due to the detachment of a window; and Alsina at 180, in Avellaneda, due to the detachment of masonry from a building adjacent to the National Library of Congress.
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Logically, the flooded streets and the operations led to inconveniences to circulate. Beyond that, by this afternoon, fortunately, no seriously injured people had been registered in the Buenos Aires area.
The storm produced several material damages in the City of Buenos Aires
Throughout the day, incidents were reported in other areas of Buenos Aires. In Berazategui, the sheet metal roof of a house under construction was blown off due to the intense gusts of the storm. In the “Túnel del Bicentenario” of the Tigre district, the water filled the streets like an extension of the canals and affected several cars that were submerged or floating.
Something similar happened in San Isidro, where the underpass that connects Roque Sáenz Peña avenue with Márquez avenue, as well as Libertador avenue, was flooded. In fact, a video allows you to see two cars stuck in that place.
This is how the level crossing of San Isidro was
Another film that was broadcast on the networks shows the passengers of a bus raising their legs to avoid getting wet, since the water had reached the floor of the vehicle. This situation occurred in a unit on line 371, while it was circulating through the streets of Virreyes, a town in San Fernando.
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Images of a unit on line 371 (Video: @solotransito)
In one of the classrooms of the University of La Matanza, on the other hand, part of the ceiling fell. Students filmed the incident. The video came to the eyes of the deputy Amalia Granata, who referred to it on Twitter. “Hopefully the students do not lose the rights to listen to the teachers underwater with the roof on their shoulders. How dangerous. How sad”, wrote the legislator from Santa Fe, alluding to the expression of Mariana Lali Esposito after the result of the elections last weekend.
Granata’s comment did not go unnoticed by the study house, which responded to her on the same social network: “Don’t worry, deputy. At the University there were classes and this happened only in that classroom. We regret that she does not know @UnlamOficial and her contempt for the Public University. We leave you a thread of photos so you can get to know our House”.
The strong storms also prevented normal operation at the Jorge Newbery and Ezeiza airports. As of noon, cancellations and delays began to be registered at the two air stations. In total, there were 130 affected flights.
After 4:30 p.m., when the storm ceased and the complications caused by electrical activity on the airports diminished, the situation slowly began to normalize and the red alerts on the runways were lifted, forcing all types of work to be suspended.
As the National Weather Service had forecast, weather conditions improved as the afternoon progressed.
Heavy rains caused flooding and complications in La Plata