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Mexican army searches for bodies in flood and landslide-hit La Pintada

Mexican army searches for bodies in flood and landslide-hit La Pintada | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Sixty-eight people missing in village devastated by storms Manuel and Ingrid as government says 200 could be dead
Al Picozzi's insight:

Seems that the US is not the only place at this time to have disasters from large amounts of rainfall.  The people of this area describe a rainfall that was very similar to the description of the people of the Denver/Bolder area in Colorado.  What makes it worse in this area is the remote area of some of the villages.  Whereas the damage in Colorado was in the cities and the main road, more outliying areas in Mexico were hit hard.  The Mexican Army is trying its best to reach these areas.  On the similar side Acapulco was also hit hard and suffered major flooding from Hurricane Irene and another storm that hit soon after.  Much like Bolder and other Colorado cities it suffered major fllod damages and much like Route 34 in Colorado the highway connecting Acapulco to the rest of Mexico was wiped out.  To underscore this the people are upset with the response of the Mexican government.  With accusations ranging from corruption to downright neglect the people believe the government is at part to blame.  The article states they are going to move the town pictured over to a safer location...I wonder what that move is going to look like....

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Meagan Harpin's curator insight, September 28, 2013 2:59 PM

La Pintada was the area of the greatest tragedy in the wake of the two storms Maunel and Ingrid. There rainfall was very similar to that of the of the areas hit hardest in Colorado. We often forget that the US is not the only place that can experience weather and devestation like this. 

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Colorado flood map 2013: River gauges

Colorado flood map 2013: River gauges | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
A map of flood gauges in Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins, Fort Morgan and elsewhere, including the Big Thompson River, South Platte River, Cache La Poudre River, Boulder Creek, Bear Creek, Clear Creek and Fountain Creek.
Al Picozzi's insight:

This article shows that many of the rivers are way above the flood limit.  It also shows that the major flooding is north of Denver along the Big Thompson River and the South Platte River.  It looks like it followed Route 34, which has been heavily damaged in the rain and the floods.  It will take years to rebuild this entire area.  Some questions to ask is that do we rebuild in these same areas?  If so is there a way to mitigate these floods that are going to happen?  or Do we build somewhere different to avoid this type of disaster?

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