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Surprise storm leaves motorists stranded, Cancun underwater

Cancun, Q.R. — The city of Cancun was left severely flooded in areas after torrential rains hit the region Wednesday.

Rains that began late Tuesday didn’t stop until Wednesday, leaving many parts of the city under water. Numerous Cancun streets were flooded that resulted in 45 stranded motorists, impassable streets, numerous late taxis, stalled public transportation and nine schools being affected with an accumulation of 70 mm of rain in school yards.

Some of the main streets that became impassable included Avenue Palenque between Coba and Xcaret, the region of Plaza Hollywood, Bonampak Avenue, Las Torres, Chac Mool and Leona Vicario, where several cars became stranded and were left abandoned.

This situation mobilized government agencies such as Civil Protection, firemen and the Municipal Secretariat of Works and Public Services who implemented Operation Storm. Municipal Secretariat of Public Safety and Traffic said that to combat the effects of the sudden rain, more than 60 firefighters, 24 civil protection personnel and 70 public service workers took to Cancun streets.

“We continue with the cleaning of drainage and sewers wells and request the patience and collaboration of the citizens. If they see areas with a high water level, it is best not to go there. All night and into the day we have worked to drain the affected areas, “said Roger Espinoza Rodríguez, municipal secretary of Public Works and Services.

The heavy rains felt in Cancun did not arrive in Playa del Carmen.