Moderator - Covid 19 in DR & North Coast
- Jan 7, 2016
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I sure hope you're kidding.The issue was the amount of rain that fell in such a short period of time. They received the equivalent of a month's worth of rain in one day.
A large amount of Santo Domingo has no drainage system at all, so water takes much longer to run off.
Nope. Always been like that.I sure hope you're kidding.
Santo Domingo was going to flood even if it had the world's best and most complete drainage system with no rubbish in sight. Any city receives the amount of rain it did in such a short period of time will flood. There is no other way.So why did the water now flow away because this is not the first time that Santo Domingo has heavy rain for two or three hours?? It is because all the drains are blocked and all the small streams are blocked with rubbish and debris. There are many pictures in the newspapers showing what is remaining after the water has subsided,tons and tons of rubbish. Every day you can see rubbish being swept into the drains and during storms you can see the water gurgling up the drain holes in the roads but you never see the drains being cleaned. It is the same situation in other cities. Maintenance is an unknown word.!!
And you think these flood damaged cars won't be back on the market soon ?
I'm pretty sure they will have insurance. Those types of companies are pretty professional these days. They may well check them over and get them professionally valeted, explain briefly and vaguely that the car had been caught in a lot of rain but had been repaired and knock a few dollars off the price.
Flooded cars are not 'caught in a lot of rain', I am talking about them being under deep water. They are inundated, they get mold very quickly in the carpets and seat foam, but worse are the electronics and computers - they don't just dry out and are good to go. Immerse your laptop in the tub and tell us how it works.I'm pretty sure they will have insurance. Those types of companies are pretty professional these days. They may well check them over and get them professionally valeted, explain briefly and vaguely that the car had been caught in a lot of rain but had been repaired and knock a few dollars off the price.
That has been the case of every summer since 1998. "Dodging a bullet in terms of hurricanes" is more normal than thought for Santo Domingo, particularly major hurricanes. I think DR1 didn't exist back then, which means most expats have never been in the DR during the arrival of a major hurricane.I think we should all think ourselves lucky because this rain is part of what could have been a hurricane passing near to us, which didn't turn into a hurricane and missed us anyway. My point is that we have dodged a bullet in terms of hurricanes this summer.