Mariasela Alvarez: Explaining the flooding in the Colonial City


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Feb 20, 2019

For more than 500 years, there has never been flooding in the Colonial City. The reason, the first governor of the first city of the Americas, Santo Domingo, Nicolas de Ovando, at the time commanded that underground drainage so large a person could walk inside the drainage be built to ensure the waters of hurricanes would flow south to the Caribbean Sea. Ovando would be in Santo Domingo when a hurricane hit and knew first hand the importance of adequate drainage.

For the TV program “Esta Noche con Mariasela,” on Monday, 13 May 2024, Alvarez interviewed Waldys Taveras, a leading city expert, who explained the problem was created by the contractors of the renovations in the Colonial City who installed drainage piping that did not have the same capacity of the 500-year old system.

Taveras explained that the contractors did not take into consideration the...

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JD Jones

Moderator:North Coast,Santo Domingo,SW Coast,Covid
Jan 7, 2016
"Use these small pipes, who's gonna notice?"


Nickel with tin plating
Apr 12, 2019
Boca Chica
What? Climate change was not to blame?
Well of course it was. Just follow the logic train.

Global warming has caused more people to drink water to hydrate themselves.
The only portable and drinkable water here is in the 12 oz or 1/2 liter plastic bottles.
The more you use the more trash plastic you create.
The more trash plastic the higher the chance of blocking the drains.

Voila! It's the fault of climate change.

Now I wonder if I can go work for Greta.