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Heavy Rains and Hail Give San Miguel a July Surprise

Fallen tree at San Juan de Dios

Paseo de los Conspiradores

Children playing with hail

By Jesús Aguado

Thunderstorms and spontaneous hail caused property damage in various parts of San Miguel, including Centro. Damage ranged from vehicles dragged by current to trees and walls collapsing.

On the evening of Sunday, July 31, when the storms occurred, rains were not even forecasted. However, close to midnight, the wind blew, and, with it, the rain arrived, bringing with it hail that covered the streets of the Historic Center, as well as zones of upper San Miguel.

In some of videos shared on social media, water currents can be seen running through the streets of Centro and dragging the structures used to display the Rostros de Nuestra Cultura (Faces of Our Culture) poster exhibit on calle San Francisco. They were recovered later at the junction of calles San Pedro and Canal.

In the same intersection, flooding caused damages to six stores and three houses. The Civil Protection Department stated that the flooding was due to a clog in a sewer caused by trash, soil, and the hail.

Also in this area, a person ended up trapped in a car and had to be rescued by Civil Protection Department personnel, as did a couple of elderly persons trapped in the second story of their home by clogged sewer water, which had flooded their first floor. They were rescued by Red Cross paramedics.

Walls collapsed on Callejón de la Aldea and calle San Rafael in the San Juan de Dios neighborhood, where a tree also fell down. In the Historic Center, the current dragged off several drain caps. They had to be replaced by the Water Authority (SAPASMA). The streets of Centro were cleaned from mud and stones by staff from the city’s Cleaning Department.

Civil Protection reported that the currents of the Las Cachinches stream and the Rio Laja did not pose a safety risk.

The hail phenomenon is not common for the city, and the surprise of it sparked many to share photos and videos—some laced with much humor—on social media. Others just got creative and decided to make snowmen with the ice.

 

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