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Cancun, Riviera Maya regions hit hard by heavy rains

Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Heavy rains from a passing cold front slammed the Cancun, Riviera Maya region Tuesday leaving absorption wells overwhelmed, streets flooded and schools closed.

The intense rains that arrived from Cold Front 36 resulted in the flooding of numerous areas of Cancun including Yaxchilán, Andrés Quintana Roo, Puerto Juarez, Lakin, Miguel Hidalgo and La Luna.

Due to the severe flooding, the municipality of Benito Juárez implemented Operation Storm, sending crews out in the heavy rains to clean clogged grids, however, the rains were too much, leaving streets and avenues flooded despite their efforts.

In a press release, la Secretaría de Educación de Quintana Roo in coordination with la Estatal de Protección Civil announced school closures throughout Playa del Carmen due to the prevailing weather conditions.

Civil Protection of Solidaridad and Cozumel followed suit with Cancun, also implementing Operation Storm for the regions, however, much like the streets of Cancun, roadways throughout the area suffered severe flooding as the rains continued to pound down for several hours without stopping.

Miguel Salas of the Public and Urban Services of Cozumel said that more than 120 wells had been cleared along the main avenues, but the intense rains still left many areas under water.

In Playa del Carmen, city workers paid particular attention to the area of La Qunita where flooding is notorious, however, they also failed to keep up with Mother Nature as residential regions including Los Olivos, Las Palmas, La Guadalupana, Misión de las Flores, el Arco Vial and la 28 de julio saw streets submerged along with many central areas.

Further south toward Felipe Carrillo Puerto, only strong winds were reported.

The Servicio Meteorológico Nacional reports that for today, Cold Front 36, which remains on the southern portion of the Gulf of Mexico, will slowly move east-southeast causing a drop in temperatures, brisk wind and rain over the Peninsular region and the state of Quintana Roo during the day and into the night.

Sun and clouds with high daytime temperatures are forecast for the remainder of the week.

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