More Than 5,000 Affected By Heavy Rains, Flooding, and Mudslides
Saturday, November 12 2011 @ 03:47 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
Reservoirs of the Canal, At Maximum Levels: The Gatun and Alajuela reservoirs have reached their peak levels, according to the Panama Canal Authority. Although the flow of water is used in electricity generation, the organization warned the public that, depending on weather conditions, they will have to conduct preventative spills of water through the Gatun and Madden dams. (Prensa)
Editor's Comment: November is the rainiest month in Panama. These kinds of events happen every year. Storms and cold fronts can come over the country and then stall, dumping unbelievable amounts of water on relatively small areas, quickly overcoming the natural ability to drain the water away. The rain-soaked earth becomes water logged and unstable, resulting in mudslides. Last year the mudslides that fell into the Alajuela reservoir screwed up the supply of drinking water in Panama City for months.