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The Red Car Stranded in a Centro Stream Will Be Extracted—in Pieces

Arroyo de Aparicio

Red Car


By Jesús Aguado

A major restoration of calle Aparicio is in progress after a hailstorm and subsequent flooding left muddy streets littered with potholes and carried away a parked red car whose existence was at first thought to be nothing more than a rumor.

The red car, which turned out to be very real, ended up in a stream between calles Aparicio and Nuñez, so severely lodged in mud and branches that the owner is taking it out piece by piece. Floodwaters dragged the car about 150 meters into the stream, where residents eventually reported finding it.

Civil Protection Department Director Josafat Enríquez told Atención that the “missing” car had been parked on calle Aparicio close to the stream for more than a year due to mechanical failures.

A month has passed, and the car still sits in the stream as of this writing, although the owner has made some initial efforts to extract it, removing the tires, the mirrors, and seats. No tow truck has been able to produce cables long enough to extract the car as a whole, and city officials have concerns that dragging the car could cause damage to the stream’s drainage system.

The car will have to be removed by hand, carried out of the mud by several persons. It cannot stay in the stream. If it’s still there when another heavy rainstorm comes, the stream could become severely clogged, as it is already full of four-to-five-meter reeds and trash.

SAPASMA, the Civil Protection Department, the Ecology and the Public Works departments will team up to clean the stream—after getting the permits from CONAGUA.

Public Works Department officials said the street restoration will take at least two more weeks.


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