Wow! Effects of the Hard Rains in Santo Domingo

M4kintosh

Active member
May 23, 2023
215
138
43
Santiago De Los Caballeros
Update (11:20pm) @NALs

- 8 deaths (and counting on the collapse of the tunnel at the Máximo Gómez and 27 de Febrero:

- Santo Domingo Oeste main avenues like Isabela Aguiar, transformed into rivers. The southwest side of the Distrito (Avenida Independencia, El 12, Haina)

- Plaza de la Bandera flooded up to 7 feet

- Arroyo Hondo collapsed. Major structural damages due to the creeks around this neighborhood where highrise and luxury condos are:

- Urbanización Fernández (nearby Bravo supermarket) and just a block from Blue Mall and the new WTC flooded up to 7-8 feet of water
 
  • Like
  • Wow
Reactions: AlaPlaya and NALs

chico bill

Dogs Better than People
May 6, 2016
12,781
6,547
113
It's a hard, it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall...
When everything's paved and drainage also gets plugged by trash this is a rinse and repeat story.

 

JD Jones

Moderator:North Coast,Santo Domingo,SW Coast,Covid
Jan 7, 2016
12,157
8,511
113
I'm really interested to see how the new drainage canals stood up to this ultimate test.
 

NALs

Economist by Profession
Jan 20, 2003
13,631
3,281
113
With the amount of rain that fell on such a short period of time, flooding is inevitable regardless of the drainage.

The other thing about "normal" Dominican rain is that it's heavy. Many Dominicans compare SD with places like NYC, Boston, etc and often claim a little bit of rain causes flooding in SD. Well, it doesn't truly rains in NYC, Boston, etc as it does in SD except in a handful of days during summer. Guess what happens when is rains like in SD? Even highways floods, that should give an idea.
 

Peterj

Bronze
Oct 7, 2002
1,474
363
83
Dominican Republic
With the amount of rain that fell on such a short period of time, flooding is inevitable regardless of the drainage.

The other thing about "normal" Dominican rain is that it's heavy. Many Dominicans compare SD with places like NYC, Boston, etc and often claim a little bit of rain causes flooding in SD. Well, it doesn't truly rains in NYC, Boston, etc as it does in SD except in a handful of days during summer. Guess what happens when is rains like in SD? Even highways floods, that should give an idea.
If you build drainage adapted to this kind of rain and maintain them, there won't be flooding.
And don't forget to level the streets the correct way....
Oh, and don't live where stones are round, there was a river in the past, changes are the river "returns"....
 

NALs

Economist by Profession
Jan 20, 2003
13,631
3,281
113
If you build drainage adapted to this kind of rain and maintain them, there won't be flooding.
And don't forget to level the streets the correct way....
That could help, but even in Miami it floods with "normal" rain. Even on ritzy Brickel Ave. There is only so much that can be done, IMO.
 
  • Like
Reactions: AlaPlaya

Peterj

Bronze
Oct 7, 2002
1,474
363
83
Dominican Republic
That could help, but even in Miami it floods with "normal" rain. Even on ritzy Brickel Ave. There is only so much that can be done, IMO.
That is only 3mtrs above sealevel, not enough gravity to get rid of it.
And maybe that's why they live in high rises there ... no wet feet ;):ROFLMAO:
 
  • Like
Reactions: RDKNIGHT

NALs

Economist by Profession
Jan 20, 2003
13,631
3,281
113
Regarding the retaining wall that collapsed on 27 de Febrero Ave, it appears the wall wasn't built according to code. It's missing the drainage that such walls are suppose to have and the wall was not tied correctly to the rock. If that's the case with the retaining wall that collapsed, then it's safe to assume it applies to all the tunnels and underpasses done in the first term of Leonel Fernández.

To make matters worse, the CODIA and several civilians had commented and contacted the authorities regarding cracks on that wall. This span to over 2 decades and nothing was done, it fell on deaf ears.

Given all of this, I'm surprised that wall remain standing for so long.
 

CristoRey

Welcome To Wonderland
Apr 1, 2014
11,910
8,166
113
Regarding the retaining wall that collapsed on 27 de Febrero Ave, it appears the wall wasn't built according to code. It's missing the drainage that such walls are suppose to have and the wall was not tied correctly to the rock. If that's the case with the retaining wall that collapsed, then it's safe to assume it applies to all the tunnels and underpasses done in the first term of Leonel Fernández.

To make matters worse, the CODIA and several civilians had commented and contacted the authorities regarding cracks on that wall. This span to over 2 decades and nothing was done, it fell on deaf ears.

Given all of this, I'm surprised that wall remain standing for so long.
Sad.
The amount of corruption, greed, stupidity, negligence, refusal to take responsibility for one's actions,
lack of respect for the fellow man along with the inability to plan or think past tomorrow is quite impressive.... i must say.