Cancun residents mainly within the Chac-Mool and Felipe Carrillo Puerto avenues woke up to sewage water entering their property. This was the final act in a chain reaction which started with the heavy rains that have fallen over the city in the last few days. These were caused by what weather services for the federal government in Mexico are calling, “potential cyclone number 1”. It’s the first time this season that conditions have reached the point where a hurricane could’ve formed. Although storms are set to continue in the coming days, the tropical depression won’t progress to hurricane status.
According to local residents that were directly affected by the flooding the main issue is that the sewage system was overrun by the amount of rain water that fell. They mentioned that authorities did not arrive to attempt to free some of the sewage outlets that were in many cases filled with debris. As more rain fell the issue continued to grow until many houses and a local pharmacy had completely flooded.
The worst flooding occurred around the previously mentioned avenues of Chac-Mool, and Felipe Carrillo Puerto. In those areas, the water level reached a foot and a half. A frustrated local who was affected by the flooding had this to say about the situation,
“The worst thing it’s that it’s dirty water, and all of my furniture gets wet. I get home from work wanting to get some rest, but I end up having to clean things out.”
These Were Not The Only Areas Affected
Other parts of Cancun were also heavily affected by the flooding. Large puddles appeared in avenida Nichupte which runs from the Nichupte lagoon to the center of Cancun. Floods in the area are common after multiple heavy days of rain. As the lagoon fills its has been known to overflow and flood Malecon Tajamar.
Avenues towards the center of the city presented such heavy flooding that cars had to be abandoned as they became overwhelmed by the flood waters. Street lights within the avenue also went out in certain spots. All of this contributed to worsening the already complicated traffic situation. Other areas that received flood reports included the Ruta 5 avenue, Tierra Maya, Palenque avenue, and Bonampak avenue.
No hotels have reported operations being affected by the floods but tourists coming into many of the hotels that sit on the banks of the laguna nichupte will likely have to drive through some of the most affected parts of the city.
The Four Points by Sheraton, Ibis Cancun Centro, and One Cancun Centro are some of the most popular hotels in that part of town. Also many of the smaller hotels in the Downtown area may be affected even if indirectly by these floods. Conditions could change over the coming days as rain is expected to keep falling particularly in the already highly affected parts of the city.
Blue Alert Emitted By Local Authorities To All Of The Main Tourist Destinations In The Riviera Maya
Not long after reports of flooding started to emerge local authorities emitted a “blue alert of distancing” to the municipalities of Tulum, Solidaridad, Cozumel, Puerto Morelos, Benito Juárez(Cancun), Isla Mujeres, and Lázaro Cárdenas. This warning is meant to alert the population of potential weather calamities. However, the blue level indicates that the weather phenomenon, in this case the tropical depression, is headed away from the region. Still, authorities urge people to remain vigilant.
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