MEXICO CITY – Mexico City awoke on Thursday to the effects of the powerful storm that swept over the capital the day before, causing flooding, downed trees and damage to about 150 structures.
The heavy rains in both in the city and in surrounding Mexico state measured 75 millimeters (3 inches), making Wednesday’s storm the second-most intense of the season so far.
The most heavily affected districts were Miguel Hidalgo, Azcapotzalco, Cuauhtemoc and Gustavo A. Madero, the capital’s Civil Protection authorities said in a communique.
Civil Protection chief Fausto Lugo said on his Twitter account that about 150 structures in Miguel Hidalgo and Azcapotzalco were damaged.
Nine Metro stations were closed on Wednesday afternoon due to flooding and remained out of service during the morning on Thursday.
One of the stations affected was Polanco, located in a comfortable neighborhood that was one of the areas hardest hit by the storm, with rather significant flooding.
Along various streets and roadways, including the Interior Circuit, a number of vehicles had to be pulled from the floodwaters by the SSP CDMX public safety secretariat and the ERUM urgent medical rescue agency.
In addition, teams from those two departments overnight had to go to a number of homes to help remove water, attend to downed trees and unplug public drains that had become clogged with trash.
The director of Mexico City’s Water System, Ramon Aguirre, told Radio Formula on Thursday that “it’s not probable” that such a situation will recur in the coming hours.
The Mexican capital has no “big river that allows the water to go away. We depend on pipes and pumps that obviously, in a rain of this magnitude, become overwhelmed,” said Aguirre by way of explaining the flooding.
According to the latest weather report, light intermittent rain is expected in the capital region on Thursday.