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Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

Rain causes chaos in Tijuana

     Despite the vast amounts of money spent on improving Tijuana's roads and drainage system in recent years, Thursday's rains brought chaos to the city's streets Thursday and the cancellation of afternoon sessions at schools. President seeks to eliminate double-sessions at schools.

     Flooding caused parts of the Vía Rápida Oriente, Second Street, Avenida Cuauhtémoc, Rosas Magón Boulevard and Avenida Internacional to be closed, Frontera reported. The only way to get from Playas de Tijuana to downtown was via a section of Second Street that was open, the paper said. It said some normally short vehicular trips took two hours, and said the Vía Rápida (roughly, the Fast Throughway) had become the Vía Lenta (Slow Throughway). Still, officials said said the city's basins that collect sediment and other materials that prevent even greater flooding still had a lot of capacity left. Story, Frontera (PDF).

     Meanwhile, an indigenous couple was rescued from the Tijuana River in an operation involving a helicopter. Neighbors said the couple had been living in a shack largely made of tarpaulins on an island of sorts in the often-dry riverbed near the new El Chaparral border crossing. Story, Frontera (PDF). Second page.

Update, Dec. 15: Mayor Carlos Bustamante urges Tijuana residents to only go out on necessary trips this weekend due to the ongoing rains and the flooding they have engendered.
About 25% of elementary and middle school students do not attend classes Friday because of the rains. Story, Frontera (PDF).